• More than 200 neighbourhood forums or parish/town councils have been designated by local planning authorities to prepare a plan for their area

• Areas with the highest rates of projected household growth have experienced the biggest demand to set up neighbourhood planning

• Only ten per cent of designated applications have been received from the most deprived 20 per cent of local authority areas

• The first plan was adopted by Eden District Council on 11 April 2013

• The government has announced financial support for neighbourhood planning for local planning authorities and parish/town councils and neighbourhood forums

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