New pilots chosen for neighbourhood planning
A fourth wave of areas chosen to pilot neighbourhood planning powers has been announced.
Decentralisation minister Greg Clark named a further 36 areas which will test out neighbourhood planning, which is being introduced through the Localism Bill.
The powers will see communities drawing up plans for development in their areas. If a majority of people voting in a local referendum agree to the plans then they have to be adopted.
Each pilot group will be given £20,000 to help produce the plans, plus advice from planning experts. The total number of pilot areas is now 126.
Mr Clark said: ‘For too long local people have been shut out of the planning process with no real voice to affect decisions about the places where they live.
‘Unpopular regional strategies left people without the ability to influence the future of their community and this fuelled resentment towards growth.
‘Neighbourhood planning will hand power back to communities to decide the vision for their area as they see fit, encouraging people to plan positively for their future.
‘This is localism in action and the enthusiasm across the country for neighbourhood planning shows how keen communities are to get involved.’
The fourth wave of front runners are:
Arun (Multi parishes)
Aylesbury Vale (Buckingham)
Brent (Sudbury Town)
Central Bedfordshire (Caddington & Slip End)
Cheshire West and Chester (Winsford)
Cornwall (Rame Peninsula)
Cornwall (St. Erth)
Cornwall (St. Eval)
Exeter (St James)
Gateshead (Team Valley Trading Estate)
Liverpool (Liverpool Innovation Park)
Mid Sussex (Cuckfield)
Milton Keynes (Castlethorpe)
Milton Keynes (Central Milton Keynes)
Milton Keynes (Stony Stratford)
Milton Keynes (Wolverton)
North Somerset (Long Ashton)
Northampton (Wootton and East Hunsbury)
South Oxfordshire (Thame)
South Oxfordshire (Woodcote)
Trafford (Trafford Park)
Waltham Forest (Highams Park)
Waltham Forest (Leytonstone)
West Oxfordshire (Chipping Norton)
Windsor and Maidenhead (Bisham and Cookham)
Windsor and Maidenhead (Datchet, Horton, Old Windsor and Wraysbury)
Windsor and Maidenhead (Hurley and the Walthams)
Wirral (Central Liscard)