Major new report on Neighbourhood Planning Schemes published

31 October 2014

Major new report on Neighbourhood Planning Schemes published

Over 90% of people felt the process of creating their Neighbourhood Plan had gone satisfactorily or well, according to a major new report published today, by the University of Reading and Locality. The research was led by Professor Gavin Parker, Professor of Planning Studies in the School of Real Estate & Planning. 

Over 90% of people say the process of creating their Neighbourhood Plan had gone satisfactorily or well, according to a report published today, 31 October, by the University of Reading and Locality.

User Experience of Neighbourhood Planning in England saw 120 participant groups being interviewed about preparing a neighbourhood plan for their community. Most viewed the Government scheme as a useful process with further potential, although not without challenges. 82% of people said they had been able to access the skills and knowledge needed for neighbourhood planning.

The report also found that communities had overcome the difficulties encountered, often with the aid of consultant support, or the local authority, or both. However some thought that a better explanation of what was involved, more support from local authorities and more guidance could help improve the neighbourhood planning process. 

Professor Gavin Parker, from the School of Real Estate and Planning, who led the research project, said "It's very good news that so many people are willing to engage in shaping their future. Well over 1000 communities are working on Neighbourhood Plans already. This report will aid policymakers, planners and neighbourhoods to shape the future of Neighbourhood planning and also highlights aspects of the policy initiative which are a work in progress."

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