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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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Watford outlines commuted sums policy on affordable homes

Watford outlines commuted sums policy on affordable homes

Smaller-scale developments in Watford may be exempted from on-site affordable housing requirements, according to draft guidance published by the borough council.

What the Supreme Court's NPPF ruling means for practitioners

What the Supreme Court's NPPF ruling means for practitioners

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court has ruled that the absence of a five-year supply of deliverable sites should render out of date only those policies dealing with the numbers and distribution of housing and not those which seek to restrict housing.

Local Plan Watch: Berkshire plan falls short of need

Local Plan Watch: Berkshire plan falls short of need

A Berkshire local authority has published a draft local plan setting out new homes targets that fall short of its objectively assessed housing need.

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.

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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.

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: 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.


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