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Data blog: How much of a threat does the standard method for assessing need pose to the green belt?

Data blog: How much of a threat does the standard method for assessing need pose to the green belt?

The publication earlier this month of the details of the government's proposed standard methodology for assessing housing need immediately prompted warnings that the formula would lead to the loss of land from the green belt.

Welsh government pledges 'bespoke infrastructure consenting process'

Welsh government pledges 'bespoke infrastructure consenting process'

A pledge to establish a 'bespoke infrastructure consenting process' is contained in a national strategy published last week by the Welsh government.

Kent authority delays plan adoption after MP's intervention call

Kent authority delays plan adoption after MP's intervention call

A council in Kent has delayed the adoption of its local plan after a local Tory MP wrote to the communities secretary Sajid Javid to ask him to intervene.

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Why housing land supply in Wales is deteriorating

Why housing land supply in Wales is deteriorating

The supply of readily developable housing land in Wales declined between 2015 and 2016, with nearly four-fifths of local planning authorities last year unable to meet the requirement to demonstrate five years' supply. Emerging data for 2017 shows little improvement.

The implications of the delay to the timetable of Greater Manchester's pioneering spatial framework

The implications of the delay to the timetable of Greater Manchester's pioneering spatial framework

Manchester metro mayor Andy Burnham has announced a delay to the timetable of the city-region's emerging spatial framework, but experts differ on the extent to which he will be able to deliver on his promise of radically rewriting the document.

Local Plan Watch: Strategy passes duty without agreement on unmet housing need

Local Plan Watch: Strategy passes duty without agreement on unmet housing need

An inspector's report has concluded that Luton Borough Council has met the duty to co-operate, despite agreement being yet to be reached on meeting the authority's unmet housing need.

How we did it: Boosting home delivery via local plan

How we did it: Boosting home delivery via local plan

A Yorkshire council's local plan has won plaudits for its focus on raising build rates on home allocations. 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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Shock and crisis recovery in spatial planning, by David Marlow

At very short notice I have been asked to assist the British Overseas Territories (OTs) of Anguilla, British Virgin Islands (BVI), and Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) with recovery planning post-Hurricane Irma.

Housing need consultation will be a test of the government's mettle, by Jamie Carpenter

Six years ago, the publication of the draft version of the National Planning Policy Framework for consultation unleashed a storm of protest.

What to do while waiting for government to sort itself out, by David Marlow

The aftermath of the 2017 General Election increasingly has a "while we were waiting" feel for planners.

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New policies offer food for thought despite delay on housing model, by Bryan Johnston

It's getting like the hunt for the Holy Grail. July expired with no sign of the eagerly awaited consultation on a standardised approach to assessing housing requirements, despite a firm commitment from communities secretary Sajid Javid at the Local Government Association's annual conference that it would out by the end of the month. It's now promised when Parliament resumes in the autumn.