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How can local authorities comply with regulation 4(b) of the Neighbourhood Planning (Referendums) Regulations 2012 in light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions?

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Produced in partnership with Sarah Fitzpatrick of Norton Rose Fulbright
Published on LexisPSL on 23/03/2021

The following Planning Q&A produced in partnership with Sarah Fitzpatrick of Norton Rose Fulbright provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • How can local authorities comply with regulation 4(b) of the Neighbourhood Planning (Referendums) Regulations 2012 in light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions?

The Neighbourhood Planning (Referendums) Regulations 2012 (NPRR 2012), SI 2012/2031, reg 4(1)(a)–(b) provides as follows:

‘…4.—Information to be made available in relation to referendums

(1) Proper officer of the relevant council must ensure the information statement and the specified documents are—

(a) published on the website of the relevant council; and

(b) made available during the referendum period for inspection—

(i) at the principal offices of the relevant council; and

(ii) where the relevant council controls any premises which are open to the public in the referendum area, at such of those premises as the council considers appropriate having regard to the desirability of ensuring a geographical distribution of premises where the statement and documents are made available, provided that in all cases they are available at least at one such premises…’

The Planning practice guidance (PPG), in a new paragraph entitled ‘What changes have been introduced to neighbourhood planning in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?’, introduced on 25 September

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