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Government rejects threatened grounds of challenge against neighbourhood planning changes

Government rejects threatened grounds of challenge against neighbourhood planning changes

The government has signalled that it does not intend to back down over its recent move to strengthen neighbourhood plans, rejecting the grounds of a legal challenge threatened by a group of developers in a letter seen by Planning.

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Greater Manchester council stays on board strategic framework process

Greater Manchester council stays on board strategic framework process

Stockport Council has fended off a bid from Liberal Democrat councillors to pull the authority out of the process for preparing a strategic plan for Greater Manchester.

Neighbourhood Watch: Peer says Javid approval has 'destroyed' neighbourhood plan

Neighbourhood Watch: Peer says Javid approval has 'destroyed' neighbourhood plan

The Tory peer who has launched legal action in a bid to overturn the communities secretary's decision to allow a scheme comprising 50 homes in East Sussex has said that the approval has 'destroyed' a village's neighbourhood plan and 'destroyed people's trust in fair government'.

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Local Plan Watch: Councils attribute local plan delays to Housing White Paper

Local Plan Watch: Councils attribute local plan delays to Housing White Paper

Two local planning authorities have paused work on their local plans, attributing the delays to anticipated changes to planning rules expected to be set out in the forthcoming Housing White Paper.

How Barwell's boost to neighbourhood plans could affect development prospects

How Barwell's boost to neighbourhood plans could affect development prospects

Shortly before Christmas, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) issued a written ministerial statement (WMS) that overnight changed the weight to be given to some places' neighbourhood plans.

Planning in 2017: Policy and legislation preview

Planning in 2017: Policy and legislation preview

The new year looks set to see further far-reaching changes to the planning system, with a series of new policies and laws promised by government. Bryan Johnston looks ahead.

Local Plan Watch: Greater Manchester authorities reach local plan milestones

Local Plan Watch: Greater Manchester authorities reach local plan milestones

Two Greater Manchester boroughs have reached key milestones in their local plan preparation, with Rochdale adopting its core strategy in October and Salford last month publishing a draft local plan for consultation.


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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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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.

There is a problem with allocations of small sites, by Joey Gardiner

No doubt the report issued by the Federation of Masters Builders (FMB) about the struggles faced by small housebuilders will have faded in your mind since Christmas.

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.

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