New guidance on neighbourhood plan examinations launched

New guidance on neighbourhood plan examinations launched

Monday 26th March 2018

New guidance on neighbourhood plan examinations has been published, prepared by a working party chaired by a senior planning Barrister and which includes experienced examiners and representatives from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), Intelligent Plans and Examinations (IPE), Locality and the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

With over 500 neighbourhood plans having successfully passed referendum, this guidance pools much of the experience and good practice that has now evolved around the approach and conduct of neighbourhood plan examinations. Its sets out the expectations of parties involved and provides up-to-date practical advice and information.

The guidance is separated into two parts: Part One aimed at groups producing neighbourhood plans i.e. parish and town councils, and forums (known as 'qualifying bodies'); and Part Two intended primarily for independent examiners, setting out the procedural expectations of the examination.

The guidance also emphasises the considerable value of undertaking a 'health check' of a draft plan and what this involves.

View the guidance HERE