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Spatial planning links promised in northern transport blueprint

Spatial planning links promised in northern transport blueprint

The emerging strategic transport plan for the north of England will seek to support councils' spatial and economic planning functions in developing an integrated approach to transport and land-use planning, its authors have promised.

Neighbourhood plan advice requirement to come into effect in July

Neighbourhood plan advice requirement to come into effect in July

Councils will be obliged to set out their policies on the provision of advice and assistance to neighbourhood planning groups from the end of July, under regulations made by Parliament yesterday.

Judge blocks London neighbourhood plan legal challenge

Judge blocks London neighbourhood plan legal challenge

A High Court judge has rejected a landowner's legal challenge against a council's decision to allow a neighbourhood plan to proceed to a local referendum.

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How we did it: Completing an early review of a local plan

How we did it: Completing an early review of a local plan

An authority in Suffolk has managed to carry out a swift review of its local plan, David Dewar reports.

13 things you need to know about the draft London plan

13 things you need to know about the draft London plan

The draft revised version of the London Plan was published for consultation this week. We highlight 13 things you need to know about the key proposed policy changes.

Local Plan Watch: Fresh ministerial local plan intervention

Local Plan Watch: Fresh ministerial local plan intervention

Last week's announcement of a holding direction being placed by communities secretary Sajid Javid on Stevenage Borough Council's local plan means that it is the third plan to be subject to ministerial intervention over the past 18 months.

The implications of the communities secretary's intervention threat for plan-makers

The implications of the communities secretary's intervention threat for plan-makers

The 15 authorities facing government intervention over a lack of local plan-making progress include a number that have failed the duty to cooperate and others that have signifiant green belt constraints.


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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 Comment

Authorities are under increasing pressure to sign up to larger-than-local plans, by Richard Garlick

Strategic planning across areas larger than a single local authority was anathema to the coalition government's champions of localism. When then communities secretary Eric Pickles announced that he was abolishing the regional spatial strategies (RSSs) that required such larger-than-local work, he said that he was freeing communities from "failed Soviet-style top-down planning targets".

Potential and pitfalls of local plan intervention, by Joey Gardiner

Residential developers and housebuilders will be more focused on the additional cash for the sector in last month's Budget than Sajid Javid's announcement that he is finally looking to get tough with planning authorities that don't have a plan in place.

Why Javid's threat to intervene in local plans should be taken seriously, by Alex Morton

Behind the excitement of the Budget's additional billions and the game of working how much was new, another key policy continued to progress, as central government intervention in local plans continued to inch nearer to implementation.

London mayor sets himself a formidable task, by Richard Garlick

The housing shortage in London is so acute that anything other than a radical new London Plan would be inadequate. And the document published this week by the London mayor certainly does not disappoint in terms of the scale of its ambition.