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2. andrew lynch

  1. 1. Neighbourhood Planning – The New Landscape Andrew Lynch Department for Communities and Local Government 1
  2. 2. Content• Understanding the new powers – Neighbourhood plans, neighbourhood development orders, community right to build• Opportunities for communities – How the new powers can be used, what are the advantages over traditional routes• The role for housing providers – Examples from front runners 2
  3. 3. Neighbourhood plans 3
  4. 4. Neighbourhood plans – the basics• Communities can establish local planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood.• They will be able to say, for example, where new homes and offices should be built, and what they should look like.• Becomes part of the development plan for the area, giving real weight to local views.• Aligned with strategic elements of local plan 4
  5. 5. Neighbourhood Development Orders 5
  6. 6. Neighbourhood development orders– the basics• NDOs can grant planning consent and remove the need to apply for planning permission for development that is consistent with the order.• Allows new homes and offices to be built without the developers having to apply for separate planning permission.• Could also permit houses to be extended in a neighbourhood or allow changes of use beyond those permitted by the use classes order without the need to apply for planning consent. 6
  7. 7. Community Right to Build 7
  8. 8. Community Right to Build – thebasics• Another means of obtaining planning permission• Intended for smaller-scale, site specific schemes.• Subset of neighbourhood development orders - can allow for development on the green belt in certain circumstances, and provide for enfranchisement rights to be disapplied on housing schemes, ensuring housing remains affordable in perpetuity. 8
  9. 9. Process (Engagement runs throughout) Define the neighbourhood Prepare the Plan / Order Submit Plan / Order to LPA Independent Examination Referendum 9
  10. 10. What’s in it for communities?• Take control of their areas - planning is something they do, not have done to them• Makes areas more accepting of growth – some frontrunners are taking higher levels of growth than under the previous top-down system.• If an area is designated for growth, can’t use Neighbourhood planning to prevent or block that – but can influence design / mix / etc.• Govt support – advice and funding assistance 10
  11. 11. The role for housing providers 11
  12. 12. The role for housing providers• Housing providers have several potentially influential roles: – As important community organisations – As investors – As landlords• Providers are experienced in engaging / supporting communities 12
  13. 13. Conclusion• Remember these are rights, not requirements – communities have the choice to use them• As with all new processes, there is space to share experience, good practice• Housing providers can be well placed to fulfil this role to the benefit of communities and themselves 13
  14. 14. Contacts / Information• Andrew Lynch – 0303 444 3594• andrew.lynch@communities.gsi.gov.uk• Locality support hub• http://mycommunityrights.org.uk/community- right-to-build/• HCA fund• http://www.homesandcommunities.co.uk/com munity-right-to-build 14