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.
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.
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.1 comment
Racecourse owner the Jockey Club has announced plans to redevelop its Kempton Park site in Surrey to provide up to 3,000 homes.
- Strategic Lead Fareham Borough Council Fareham, Hampshire
- Town Planning Vacancies London Legacy Development Corporation London (East), London (Greater)
- Senior Planning Policy Officer x2 Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council Nuneaton, Warwickshire
- Spatial Information and Monitoring Officer Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council Nuneaton, Warwickshire
- Planning Policy Officer Stratford-on-Avon District Council Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, West Midlands
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.
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.
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.
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.