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Harriett Baldwin welcomes neighbourhood planning

3rd June 2013

Harriett Baldwin welcomes local involvement in neighbourhood planning and questions the Planning Minister about ongoing development of such plans.

Harriett Baldwin (West Worcestershire) (Con): What assessment he has made of the results of the neighbourhood planning referendums to date. [157175]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Nick Boles): In all three referendums, residents have voted overwhelmingly in support of neighbourhood plans. More than 90% of voters said yes in Eden and Exeter St James and 76% in Thame.


Harriett Baldwin: Further to that question, will the Minister help my communities, who are very excited about this neighbourhood planning idea? Once the local plan has been submitted, can they still work on developing their neighbourhood plan?

Nick Boles: Yes. It does not really matter what state the local plan is in; it is always possible for communities to work on neighbourhood plans and we strongly encourage that. Whether the neighbourhood plan is made before or after the local plan, it simply has to be in conformity with the core needs identified in the local plan; it can move ahead independently of it.

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