In the age of Localism, neighbourhood planning aims to provide a statutory platform for
communities to positively engage in local planning matters and shape future place-making.
With over 2,750 neighbourhoods now involved with planning at grassroots level, uptake of
the process has undoubtedly been positive.
Existing literature highlights the potential to contribute to the existing development plan,
introduce innovative policy and improve the resulting quality of development, whilst others
criticise the initiative, arguing that the protectionist agenda of many communities is likely to
undermine the objectives of neighbourhood planning and add little value to the pre-existing
Utilising a case-study of Aylesbury Vale, this dissertation explores the extent to which
neighbourhood plan policies deviate from the current development plan, and as a result of
these policies whether the quality of development is markedly improved. This has been
supported by stakeholder insights into whether neighbourhood plan policies have positively
contributed to place-making and community engagement with planning matters.
The research is based on a review of existing literature, including development plan policy,
focus group discussions with Local Planning Authority planning officers, and interviews with
those involved with adopting Neighbourhood Development Plans.
The research reveals that the range of neighbourhood plan policies within the district have
limited scope for delivering a higher quality of development and can often prolong the
decision-making process. However, the research divulges that communities perceive that they
have more control over the delivery of housing, employment and community facilities
achieved by using policies which are more reflective of local character and need.
The investigation suggests that the dynamic nature of the planning system, the cost and
resource intensive process of adopting a plan, and the uncertainty around the implications of
the forthcoming White Paper, puts the longevity of neighbourhood planning at risk.
Key Words: Neighbourhood planning; localism; planning policy; housing delivery;
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Legg, Daniel J.
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MSc Spatial Planning
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