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Neighbourhood Planning Bill signed into law

Neighbourhood Planning Bill signed into law

The Neighbourhood Planning Bill was among a group of 22 bills to receive Royal Assent yesterday evening ahead of the dissolution of Parliament next week.

Neighbourhood Planning Bill nears Royal Assent

Neighbourhood Planning Bill nears Royal Assent

The Neighbourhood Planning Bill is awaiting Royal Assent after peers yesterday agreed to MPs' amendments to the legislation.

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.

City region mayoral elections preview - housing

City region mayoral elections preview - housing

In the first of Planning's previews of next month's English city region mayoral elections, Bryan Johnston looks at how the leading candidates' policies on housing are shaping up.

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.

What the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal means for planning

What the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal means for planning

The emergence of a non-statutory strategic planning role for the new mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough may have limited impact in the short-term but could prove to be the first step towards greater mayoral planning powers in the area in the future, observers have said.


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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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Strategic planning is back in favour, by Catriona Riddell

The Housing White Paper's proposal for joint "strategic" plans is a clear indication of the government's desire for more effective planning across local authority boundaries.

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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.