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Maps: core strategy progress data

Maps: core strategy progress data

Use our new interactive map to view English councils' progress in adopting local plans and view a spreadsheet containing the latest data on local plan coverage from the Planning Inspectorate.

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Cotswold council consults on draft local plan changes

Cotswold council consults on draft local plan changes

A Gloucestershire council has launched a consultation on changes to its draft local plan, including an amendment to raise the threshold above which developers have to pay affordable housing contributions.

How town halls have responded to the 2017 deadline for local plans

How town halls have responded to the 2017 deadline for local plans

Observers say a government pledge to intervene where councils have not made sufficient progress on their plans has led to an uptick in plan-making activity, but authorities which have recently delayed work on their strategies say they are unconcerned about the threat.

Mayoral candidates clash over Greater Manchester spatial plan

Mayoral candidates clash over Greater Manchester spatial plan

Candidates for May's Greater Manchester mayoral election have clashed over the city-region's draft spatial framework, with Labour's Andy Burnham calling for a 'radical rewrite' that results in a 'substantial' reduction in green belt loss and Lib Dem candidate Jane Brophy calling for the plan to be axed entirely.

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Racecourse owner plans 3,000-home development on Surrey site

Racecourse owner plans 3,000-home development on Surrey site

Racecourse owner the Jockey Club has announced plans to redevelop its Kempton Park site in Surrey to provide up to 3,000 homes.

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Local Plan Watch: Councils attribute local plan delays to Housing White Paper

Local Plan Watch: Councils attribute local plan delays to Housing White Paper

Two local planning authorities have paused work on their local plans, attributing the delays to anticipated changes to planning rules expected to be set out in the forthcoming Housing White Paper.

Local Plan Watch: Greater Manchester authorities reach local plan milestones

Local Plan Watch: Greater Manchester authorities reach local plan milestones

Two Greater Manchester boroughs have reached key milestones in their local plan preparation, with Rochdale adopting its core strategy in October and Salford last month publishing a draft local plan for consultation.

What the removal of a block on Birmingham's local plan means for plan-makers

What the removal of a block on Birmingham's local plan means for plan-makers

The six-month holding direction on Birmingham's local plan has delayed planning and development proposals in the city region, but other authorities should not be deterred from reviewing their green belt boundaries, experts say.

What a power to direct joint strategies would mean for plan-making

What a power to direct joint strategies would mean for plan-making

A proposed new power for ministers to order local authorities to prepare joint plans could help break logjams where councils have failed to resolve strategic cross-boundary issues, experts have said.


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