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London neighbourhood planning group applies to extend lifespan

London neighbourhood planning group applies to extend lifespan

A neighbourhood planning group in south-west London which was selected in 2011 as one of the first neighbourhood planning frontrunners has applied to refresh its neighbourhood planning powers, which are due to expire next month.

Surrey town faces housing numbers hike just weeks after neighbourhood plan adoption

Surrey town faces housing numbers hike just weeks after neighbourhood plan adoption

A Surrey council has announced plans to revise its local plan to earmark a market town for 450 more homes than are contained in its recently-adopted neighbourhood planning blueprint.

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Neighbourhood Watch: Poll cements county's hotspot status

Neighbourhood Watch: Poll cements county's hotspot status

Herefordshire's status as a neighbourhood planning hotspot has been further underlined by residents' approval of a neighbourhood plan for the rural parish of Eaton Bishop.

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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.

The implications of the High Court's duty to cooperate verdict

The implications of the High Court's duty to cooperate verdict

The High Court's decision to throw out a Hertfordshire authority's legal bid to overturn an inspector's verdict that it did not meet the duty to cooperate in drawing up its draft plan underlines the seriousness with which local planning authorities need to treat the legal test, experts have said.

Three ways in which the Olympic legacy vision has changed over the past 15 years

Three ways in which the Olympic legacy vision has changed over the past 15 years

Plans for the post-games Olympic Park have altered considerably since the first legacy blueprint was published, says Mark Wilding - and they are likely to change again.

Local Plan Watch: Authorities grapple with green belt release

Local Plan Watch: Authorities grapple with green belt release

Warrington Borough Council's local plan review consultation is the latest to propose large-scale releases from the green belt in order to meet development needs.


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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

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.

Keep calm and carry on plan-making, by Catriona Riddell

It is going to be a very busy summer for local authorities as the government moves forward with implementing the Housing White Paper.

Are we at a turning point for population growth in the UK, by David Marlow

Only time will tell if the publication this month of Office for National Statistics 2016 mid-year UK population estimates (MYEs) will be a turning point in recent trends in population growth.

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.