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Neighbourhood Watch: Inspector upholds neighbourhood plan's second homes block

Neighbourhood Watch: Inspector upholds neighbourhood plan's second homes block

News that an inspector has thrown out an attempt to remove a condition preventing two new homes in a Cornish holiday resort from being occupied as second homes or used for holiday accommodation features in the latest instalment of Neighbourhood Watch.

What the Supreme Court's NPPF ruling means for practitioners

What the Supreme Court's NPPF ruling means for practitioners

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court has ruled that the absence of a five-year supply of deliverable sites should render out of date only those policies dealing with the numbers and distribution of housing and not those which seek to restrict housing.

Why moves to curb the spread of second homes are gathering pace

Why moves to curb the spread of second homes are gathering pace

Practitioners believe that more neighbourhood groups could follow the example set by two Cornish neighbourhood plans endorsed by residents in local polls held earlier this month, which seek to use planning conditions to prevent new open market housing from being used as second homes.

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How work on the government's 24 garden cities, towns and villages is progressing

How work on the government's 24 garden cities, towns and villages is progressing

The government has now confirmed 24 garden cities, towns and villages. But what support is it offering and how are these schemes progressing on the ground, Rob Smith asks.

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.

How holding direction removal crystallises position on green belt

How holding direction removal crystallises position on green belt

The government's decision to lift a holding direction on a West Yorkshire council's core strategy has helped to crystallise ministers' position on green belt release, but concerns are growing over the delays arising from their intervention in local plan preparation.

What the delivery test's sanctions would mean for authorities

What the delivery test's sanctions would mean for authorities

A government test that comes into effect in November is likely to require more than half of English local authorities to demonstrate that they have a housing land supply that is 20 per cent above what is essential to meet need over the next five years, according to research published last week.


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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

Take us back to creative planning, by Catriona Riddell

As local authorities await the government's new methodology for calculating housing needs, with many councils suspending progress on their local plans, it strikes me how much plan-making is all about numbers now.

Legal viewpoint: Common sense triumphs in housing supply judgment

The Supreme Court's first judgment on the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has rejected a broad approach to the meaning of paragraph 49, which states that "relevant policies for the supply of housing" should not be considered up to date where a council cannot show a five-year supply.

Supreme Court offers little succour to councils with land supply shortages, by Richard Garlick

Paragraph 49 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) says that "relevant policies for the supply of housing should not be considered up-to-date if the local planning authority cannot demonstrate a five-year supply of deliverable housing sites".

Council corporations may not find land that cheap, by Joey Gardiner

Amidst the furore accompanying the announcement of the snap election, a late-introduced line in the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 that could fundamentally alter the way new towns are brought forward may have escaped your attention.