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Under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and Planning and Compulsory
Purchase Act 2004, Local Planning Authorities have a statutory duty to advise or
assist communities in the preparation of Neighbourhood Development Plans
The Localism Act 2011 (Part 6 chapter 3) sets out the LPA responsibilities.
These include designating the area of the Neighbourhood Development Plan and
designating a Neighbourhood Forum (where relevant). The Neighbourhood
Planning (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 which came into force on 9
February 2015 introduce time limits by which LPA's must determine applications
for designation of a neighbourhood area.
This briefing note provides information to local planning authorities on current practice.