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New Welsh household projections show lower rate of growth

New Welsh household projections show lower rate of growth

New Welsh government household projections show a lower rate of growth compared to previous figures.

Neighbourhood Watch: Cross-boundary plan progress

Neighbourhood Watch: Cross-boundary plan progress

An examiner's decision last month to back the Highgate Neighbourhood Plan in London clears the way for the first cross-boundary neighbourhood plan in the capital to proceed to a referendum.

What new duties will mean for neighbourhood plan examinations

What new duties will mean for neighbourhood plan examinations

A set of new duties for neighbourhood plan examiners was announced by the government last week, in an attempt to improve dialogue between participants during examinations. But experts have warned that they could add to the cost and length of the process.

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How we did it: Preparing a county-wide planning protocol

How we did it: Preparing a county-wide planning protocol

Planners and developers in Kent have drawn up an agreement to boost delivery of housing and jobs. John Geoghegan reports.

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.

How we did it: Preparing a plan to boost public health

How we did it: Preparing a plan to boost public health

Gathering extensive data was vital in setting a policy to improve public health in an inner London borough. David Dewar reports.


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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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Map: neighbourhood plan applications

Map: neighbourhood plan applications

Use our new interactive map to view how many applications for neighbourhood planning powers have been received by English councils and the names of the groups that have submitted them.

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Super councils may not turn out to be a planning panacea, by Jamie Carpenter

For the first half of this decade, the prospect of local government reorganisation appeared to be a non-starter. Ahead of the 2010 general election, Sir Eric Pickles - who went on to serve as communities secretary from 2010 to 2015 - declared he would keep a 'pearl-handled' revolver waiting for anyone suggesting another local government reorganisation.

Ministers look back to move forward, by Catriona Riddell

We still await the housing white paper, now promised for next week. But, given what we know from recent statements and the Neighbourhood Planning Bill, it sounds as if the government will announce changes to the local plan system that will make it more similar to the old regime.

Burnham would be wise to persist with the Greater Manchester plan, by Richard Garlick

Requiring as it did the agreement of ten neighbouring councils of differing political hues, the first draft of the strategic plan for Greater Manchester was an achievement in itself, even if adoption is still a distant prospect.

Legal viewpoint: Tide turns in homes battle with neighbourhood plans

In May 2015, in the week before the general election, three ministerial decisions were quashed by the High Court.