New research on Neighbourhood Planning from REP

20 February 2017

New research on Neighbourhood Planning from REP

Volunteers who produce neighbourhood plans for housing and their local environment still find the process burdensome, according to latest research from the University of Reading.

Volunteers who produce neighbourhood plans for housing and their local environment still find the process burdensome but more than half would undertake the process again, according to latest research from Real Estate & Planning.

Gavin Parker, Professor of Planning Studies, said:
“Our latest research has shown the extent to which some of the volunteers involved in Neighbourhood Planning are making significant commitments to help shape their local areas, often spending well over two years with the support of local authorities and consultants.
While neighbourhood planning now reflects about 15% of the population, there are still some significant issues to be addressed including the range of take-up, the added value of the process and the robustness of the Plans produced”. Some of these issues are being addressed through the recent Housing White Paper.

A summary of the research report is available at:
http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/files/UoR-NPUR-Exec-Jan17.pdf

 

 

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