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Aylesbury Vale local plan publication timetable slips

Aylesbury Vale local plan publication timetable slips

A Buckinghamshire council has announced that it is delaying the publication of its local plan due to the need for extra time to complete 'a critical piece' of the plan's evidence base.

Bedfordshire authority's draft plan explores green belt release options

Bedfordshire authority's draft plan explores green belt release options

A Bedfordshire council is set to open consultation on plans for up to 30,000 homes over the next 20 years, including potential releases of green belt land to accommodate unmet need from Luton.

Housing delivery test 'would be ineffective in many areas'

Housing delivery test 'would be ineffective in many areas'

A housing industry spokesman told a conference today that he fears the proposed housing delivery test will be 'ineffective' in delivering more homes, especially in constrained parts of the country.

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Sponsored content: Making the most of the metro mayors

Sponsored content: Making the most of the metro mayors

In the final of a series of columns on the metro mayoral elections, Douglas Johnson, account director at public relations consultancy Newgate Communications, examines how councils and applicants should adapt their approach in light of the winning candidates.

How England's six new city-region mayors will shape planning

How England's six new city-region mayors will shape planning

With the new metro mayors taking office, Bryan Johnston explores the implications of their elections for planning.

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.

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.


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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: Neighbourhood plan backed on second home restrictions

If the man travelling to St Ives in the nursery rhyme is planning to buy a new second home there with any or all of his seven wives, he has another thing coming.

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".