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Lancaster proposes 1,500 green belt homes in draft local plan

Lancaster proposes 1,500 green belt homes in draft local plan

Lancaster City Council has published a draft local plan which is intended to support the delivery of more than 13,500 homes in the city in the next 15 years - including 1,500 on green belt land.

Call for evidence issued for new Welsh National Development Framework

Call for evidence issued for new Welsh National Development Framework

The Welsh government has issued a call for evidence to inform the development of policies and details of projects in the devolved nation's new National Development Framework (NDF).

Cheshire authority set to pull plug on neighbourhood plan grant scheme

Cheshire authority set to pull plug on neighbourhood plan grant scheme

A Cheshire council is considering plans to close a grant scheme that offers financial support to groups preparing neighbourhood plans in its area.

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What recent decisions reveal about parish plan strength

What recent decisions reveal about parish plan strength

Recent appeal decisions have not made the picture any clearer on the circumstances in which neighbourhood plan policies can override housing land supply shortfalls.

Five things to look out for in the housing white paper

Five things to look out for in the housing white paper

Measures to increase build-out rates and allow planning departments to recoup more funds from fee income are expected to be among the main themes in the first planning-related white paper for almost a decade.

What obstacles does the city-regional plan for Manchester face?

What obstacles does the city-regional plan for Manchester face?

Greater Manchester authorities have won plaudits for agreeing a draft spatial framework, but face criticism from a mayoral candidate, housebuilders and landowners over the plan's approach to green belt release.

Why a neighbourhood plan became the first to fail at referendum

Why a neighbourhood plan became the first to fail at referendum

The first rejection of a neighbourhood plan at referendum raises questions about the limits of localism and shows what can happen when a planning authority and neighbourhood planners stop talking, observers say.


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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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Legal Viewpoint: Meeting basic conditions on neighbourhood plans

A High Court ruling last month considered how alternative sites were dealt with in preparing a neighbourhood plan for Henfield in West Sussex.

The devolution of planning powers to elected mayors is not without risks, by Jamie Carpenter

While this year's battle to become London's new mayor was divisive, there was one topic on which all the candidates were in agreement: the green belt.

The revolution required to address UK's regional problems, by David Marlow

It is good news, if somewhat belated, that Philip McCann's diagnosis of the UK regional problem is getting widespread exposure and debate.

Legal Viewpoint: Council faulted on failure to mention core strategy

A recent High Court decision involving a housing appeal in Northamptonshire demonstrates that if you fail to raise a point during appeal proceedings, you cannot expect a court to overturn the decision if the inspector does not consider that point.

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