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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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MPs recommend equalities probe over local plan approvals

MPs recommend equalities probe over local plan approvals

MPs have recommended that the Equality and Human Rights Commission undertake a formal investigation into whether the Planning Inspectorate has approved local plans which pay 'insufficient regard to the needs of disabled people', in breach of its statutory duties.

Bradford strategy faces more delay after snap poll announcement

Bradford strategy faces more delay after snap poll announcement

Moves to take Bradford City Council's local plan core strategy to adoption face further delays following Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to call a snap general election.

How holding direction removal crystallises position on green belt

How holding direction removal crystallises position on green belt

The government's decision to lift a holding direction on a West Yorkshire council's core strategy has helped to crystallise ministers' position on green belt release, but concerns are growing over the delays arising from their intervention in local plan preparation.

Local Plan Watch: Essex and Herts share housing need

Local Plan Watch: Essex and Herts share housing need

A Hertfordshire authority has submitted its local plan for examination following discussions with neighbours over how housing need could be shared among them.

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Neighbours at war: how councils are falling out over housing need

Neighbours at war: how councils are falling out over housing need

Despite the duty to cooperate, neighbouring authorities are frequently falling out over the thorny issue of meeting housing need. Mark Wilding looks at five of the most recent cases.

Local Plan Watch: Minister removes block on Bradford plan

Local Plan Watch: Minister removes block on Bradford plan

News that planning minister Gavin Barwell has lifted a holding direction preventing a Yorkshire authority from progressing its local plan features in the latest instalment of Local Plan Watch.

How a standardised housing need assessment could speed housing delivery

How a standardised housing need assessment could speed housing delivery

Government proposals to put housing need and land supply assessments on a standard footing offer a way out of endless arguments in plan examinations and appeal inquiries, says Derek Stebbing.

What the housing white paper's penalties for underdelivery mean for authorities

What the housing white paper's penalties for underdelivery mean for authorities

Proposals in the Housing White Paper will open planning authorities up to unplanned development if they fail to meet government targets for housing growth.


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