Planning Appeals and Neighbourhood Plans

A bill has been introduced to the House of Commons that would ban the right to appeal against refusals of applications that are inconsistent with both a Neighbourhood Plan and a Local Plan, if the local authority has an adequate housing land supply. In early December 2018, The Planning (Appeals) Bill received its first reading in the House of Commons.

MPs Nick Herbert (Con, Arundel & South Downs) and John Howell (Con, Henley), co-sponsored the Parliamentary Bill.

Mr Howell said “I am introducing this Bill to try to provide reassurance to communities who spend considerable amounts of time and money producing a neighbourhood plan that their work is valued, that it plays an important part in the planning system and the determination of planning applications, and that, together with the local plan produced by the district or borough council, it is a fundamental document.”

The next stage for the bill, its second reading, is scheduled to take place on Friday 25 January 2019.