Top ten stories 2011

The national planning policy framework (NPPF), the Localism Act and brain surgery all feature in this year's top ten stories.

It’s been a big year for planning with the launch of the national planning policy framework and the passage of the Localism Act through Parliament, along with numerous government reviews of and, at times, attacks on the planning system. Not surprisingly, it’s these events that dominate this year’s top ten articles.

1. The Localism Act: planning provisions at a glance

2. Government unveils draft national planning policy framework

3. Localism Bill receives Royal Assent

4. Localism Bill: MPs accept all Lords amendments

5. Reforms leave Tory council 'inundated with large applications'

6. Planning inspectorate issues draft NPPF guidance

7. Government unveils 36 more neighbourhood planning 'front-runners'

8. Planning 'isn't brain surgery', says communities minister

9. Councils 'must prove local plans conform to NPPF'

10. Ministers to consult on opening up planning services to competition

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