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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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Javid approves Essex plan two years after predecessor's intervention

Javid approves Essex plan two years after predecessor's intervention

An Essex local plan previously found unsound by a planning inspector over its failure to plan for the needs of travellers has been approved by the communities secretary Sajid Javid following an almost unprecedented intervention by his predecessor in 2015.

Berkshire authority wins High Court case over 'unfair' five-year housing land supply ruling

Berkshire authority wins High Court case over 'unfair' five-year housing land supply ruling

A planning inspector acted 'unfairly' when calculating whether a Berkshire council could demonstrate a five-year housing land supply, a High Court judge has ruled.

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Local Plan Watch: Authorities grapple with green belt release

Local Plan Watch: Authorities grapple with green belt release

Warrington Borough Council's local plan review consultation is the latest to propose large-scale releases from the green belt in order to meet development needs.

The implications of the High Court's duty to cooperate verdict

The implications of the High Court's duty to cooperate verdict

The High Court's decision to throw out a Hertfordshire authority's legal bid to overturn an inspector's verdict that it did not meet the duty to cooperate in drawing up its draft plan underlines the seriousness with which local planning authorities need to treat the legal test, experts have said.

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How a ruling clarifies the scope of the NPPF's presumption policy

How a ruling clarifies the scope of the NPPF's presumption policy

A key Court of Appeal judgment makes clear that the National Planning Policy Framework's presumption in favour of sustainable development should not apply in instances where a local council has an up-to-date plan, in a ruling that experts suggest should "put to bed" planning disputes over the scope of the presumption.

Local Plan Watch: Berkshire council eyes green belt release

Local Plan Watch: Berkshire council eyes green belt release

Councillors at one of England's most green belt-constrained authorities have voted to move forward with local plan proposals that would see a "very small amount" of land removed from the green belt to boost growth.

Local Plan Watch: 'Fastest-shrinking' district aims to spur economic growth with housing target

Local Plan Watch: 'Fastest-shrinking' district aims to spur economic growth with housing target

News that England's 'fastest-shrinking' district is proposing a housing target of 133 homes a year in its draft planning blueprint, despite latest official projections suggesting a loss of households over the plan period, features in the latest instalment of Local Plan Watch.

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.


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