Some authorities may struggle to determine neighbourhood plan bids in urban areas even with an extended 13-week deadline, suggests Stephen Tapper, former President of POS and the Society's Local & Neighbourhood Planning Specialist. Tapper told Planning magazine that the 13-week timeframe may not be met in "quite difficult, complex circumstances".
Tapper added "We've seen it in London and we've seen it in Leeds and other cities where there is plenty of neighbourhood planning activity going on. Lots of communities want to do these things, but sometimes they have conflicting proposals. The issues need to be carefully, sensitively settled by local politicians and that might take a bit of time."