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ACRE responds to Neighbourhood Planning Regulations consultation

On Thursday 13 October 2011, the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) released a consultation entitled Neighbourhood planning regulations: Consultation. The consultation set out how the Government proposes to take up the regulation making powers in the Localism Bill for neighbourhood planning and Community Right to Build . The consultation sought views on whether the regulations proposed are workable and proportionate.

ACRE’s response highlighted the need for balance between over-prescription and flexibility within the neighbourhood planning process. However ACRE also expressed concerns that a lack of definitive guidance results in communities finding the process challenging and confusing. Far from improving community cohesion, a poorly understood process could potentially increase tensions

To view ACRE’s response to the consultation, please visit the Consultation Responses section of the ACRE website.