We attended a seminar last week at which reference was made to neighbourhood development plans and orders. A question was raised by a delegate querying how local authorities felt they would be able to "police" such matters if there was a high take-up and numerous or competing proposals came forward. This is timely as CLG is now consulting on neighbourhood planning proposals. The panel's response was that it was currently very unclear how this could be done, and a local authority delegate confirmed that there was real concern that they simply would not have the resources to do so. We'd be interested to know whether local authorities had started to think seriously about their role in neighbourhood planning. Is this seen as an opportunity for growth, or simply a potential drain on resources?