Neighbourhood Plan ~ conflict?

You could be forgiven that the draft Deregulation Bill (the one that is about removing so-called red tape for businesses) has little significance for neighbourhood planning. Not so.

Tucked away in a little corner (page 31 para 187) is a “repeal of duty to prepare sustainable community strategy“. In essence, this is about modifying the Local Government Act 2000 to delete section 4 so that local authorities (such as Wiltshire Council) are no longer required to prepare sustainable community strategies.

This makes no sense, on the one hand

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we are encouraged, rightly, to prepare neighbourhood plans and on the other the authority which is supposed to be supporting the neighbourhood planning process no longer has to prepare a strategy of which the neighbourhood plan is a key element.

A case of muddled thinking and rather conflicting.

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