Is neighbourhood planning enabling a progressive localism, or embedding inequality? Dr Quintin Bradley, co-author of the first overview of neighbourhood plans, assesses their impact With over 2000 neighbourhood plans underway, and more than 300 already part of the statutory planning framework, it is a good time to assess the impact of neighbourhood planning, and to see what practical differences it has made. A new book ‘Localism and Neighbourhood Planning: power to the people’ by Sue Brownill and Quintin Bradley does exactly that. The first overview of neighbourhood planning since its launch in the 2011 localism act, the book asks what genuine power, if any, has been transferred to local people, and what has really changed on the ground. The book reviews the impact of neighbourhood planning across four themes – whether it has devolved ‘power to the people’; what impact it has had on planning practice; what it means for … (To read the full article, subscribe below)


Dr. Quintin Bradley is senior lecturer in planning & housing at Leeds Beckett University. He leads research into neighbourhood and community planning and public participation in housing policy.