Ruling clarifies law on neighbourhoods

The Court of Appeal has passed judgment on the first legal challenge made under the neighbourhood planning provisions of the Localism Act 2011.

The case concerned an application by the Daws Hill Neighbourhood Forum asking Wycombe District Council to incorporate two strategic sites within a designated neighbourhood planning area.

These strategic sites were already being promoted for development, with applications going through the planning process. The district council had approved a tighter neighbourhood boundary than that sought by the forum, excluding the strategic sites. The forum challenged this decision, alleging that the local authority had frustrated the purposes of the act…

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