The role of the local planning authority in neighbourhood planning
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What role should the local planning authority play in neighbourhood planning?
A local planning authority must:
- take decisions at key stages in the neighbourhood planning process
- provide advice or assistance to a parish council, neighbourhood forum or community organisation that is producing a neighbourhood plan or Order as required by paragraph 3 of Schedule 4B to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended).
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How should a local planning authority carry out its neighbourhood planning functions?
A local planning authority should:
- be proactive in providing information to communities about neighbourhood planning
- fulfil its duties and take decisions as soon as possible, particularly regarding applications for area and forum designation
- set out a clear and transparent decision making timetable and share this with those wishing to prepare a neighbourhood plan or Order
- constructively engage with the community throughout the process.
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Who takes the decisions on neighbourhood planning in a local planning authority?
The Council’s Executive takes the decisions on neighbourhood planning in a local planning authority (where the authority operates executive arrangements). The Executive may be able to delegate others in the authority to discharge these duties. The neighbourhood planning functions may be delegated to a committee or another authority. For further details see the Local Government Act 2000 and the Local Authorities (Functions and Responsibilities) (England) Regulations 2000.