Can neighbourhood planning benefit places low on social capital?

By: Information Daily Staff Writer
Published: Friday, August 15, 2014 - 14:38 GMT Jump to Comments

Neighbourhood planning, a measure brought in by the Localism Act to devolve power to local communities, may not be taken up by the places that could benefit most.

In the first of two interviews recorded at a recent event on Neighbourhood Planning, William Perrin, founder of Talk about Local, discusses the links between neighbourhood planning and ‘hyperlocal’ activism. He warns that the Government needs to simplify the process to ensure that neighbourhood planning powers are taken up beyond places where there are plenty of retired lawyers and civil servants with the time and inclination to grapple with the complexities.

In our second interview, Tony Burton, who is advising a number of communities preparing neighbourhood plans, says that with around 1000 NPAs in place, the movement is ‘in the foothills’ with as many as 20,000 in prospect across England in the future.

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