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Berkshire authority wins High Court case over 'unfair' five-year housing land supply ruling

Berkshire authority wins High Court case over 'unfair' five-year housing land supply ruling

A planning inspector acted 'unfairly' when calculating whether a Berkshire council could demonstrate a five-year housing land supply, a High Court judge has ruled.

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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.

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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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.

Five things we learnt at last month's plan-making seminar

Five things we learnt at last month's plan-making seminar

A call for local authorities to carry on with their plan-making work despite the current climate of political uncertainty is among five key messages to emerge from a plan-making conference held in London last month.

Local Plan Watch: Berkshire council eyes green belt release

Local Plan Watch: Berkshire council eyes green belt release

Councillors at one of England's most green belt-constrained authorities have voted to move forward with local plan proposals that would see a "very small amount" of land removed from the green belt to boost growth.

Why some councils are struggling to show a five-year supply

Why some councils are struggling to show a five-year supply

The number of councils failing to show a five-year housing land supply in appeals has dropped slightly, but some local planning authorities face major delivery obstacles, new research reveals.


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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

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.

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.