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Interview: John Rhodes, chairman, Local Plan Expert Group

Interview: John Rhodes, chairman, Local Plan Expert Group

Last week, the government's Local Plan Expert Group published its long-awaited report on streamlining and improving the local plan-making process. John Geoghegan spoke to group chairman John Rhodes, director of consultancy Quod

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How local plan panel's report would shake up the plan-making process

How local plan panel's report would shake up the plan-making process

The chair of a heavyweight panel commissioned by the government to look at ways to streamline the local plan process has said that the recommendations contained in its report could have 'seismic' implications for calculating housing need and land supply.

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Barwell pledges limited use of local plan intervention powers

Housing and planning minister Gavin Barwell has said he will only intervene in local plans in instances where they raise issues of 'more than local significance' or where they relate to how national planning policy 'is working on the ground'.

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Government seeks power to direct joint plan-making

New powers to allow the secretary of state to give a direction requiring two or more town halls to prepare a joint local plan and to invite a county council to prepare a local plan where a district council in its area has failed to do so are contained in government amendments to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill.


Labour MPs bid to derail plan to limit use of conditions

Labour MPs are seeking to block Neighbourhood Planning Bill provisions that would prohibit pre-commencement conditions from being imposed without the prior written agreement of the applicant.

10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including reports that the government is planning to 'strengthen' national planning policy related to housing density, as part of a suite of planning changes designed to get more homes built.

Pipe says scheme to pool extra planning capacity in London could reduce skills shortages

A scheme to secure extra planning capacity to be shared across London planning departments is to be progressed as a way of alleviating skills shortages in the capital, according to London's deputy mayor for planning.