|There are some important changes to neighbourhood planning from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG):
· Regulations linked to the Coronavirus Act 2020 mean that no elections or referendums can take place until 6 May 2021. This includes neighbourhood planning referendums. These provisions will be kept under review and may be amended or revoked in response to changing circumstances.
MHCLG understands this will be frustrating for communities that have dedicated significant time and effort to the neighbourhood planning process and naturally want their plans to come into force as soon as possible. With this in mind, they have updated current planning guidance to set out that neighbourhood plans awaiting referendums can be given significant weight in decision-making.
There are also some COVID-19 FAQ notes for help with your Neighbourhood Plan during this time.
|How to plan through COVID-19
To help you understand what you can do to help progress your neighbourhood plan during this time Locality have put together some tips.
Some plan making activities will be restricted, however, other plan making activities can continue with a different approach.