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Neighbourhood plans under threat?

New Planning Bill fails to protect neighbourhood plans

6 October 2023

Neighbourhood plans under threat?

At the recent Policy Board meeting our member Jackie Birch asked why the status of Neighbourhood Plans had not been mentioned in the new planning bill which is out for consultation. It seems no thought has gone into the legal status of NPs that have already been made or are being made. This could leave the Town without the safeguard of our adopted plan since it has an expiry date and cannot reasonably be updated until after the Chelmsford Local Plan has been revised.

With cross-party support from the LibDems and Tories, Jackie's call for more guidance about the status of NPs will be added to Chelmsford City Council's response.

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