Local Plan Watch: 57 per cent of councils in combined authority areas have adopted local plans

57 per cent of councils within combined authority areas have adopted local plans, according to an analysis of figures compiled for Planning's Local Plan Watch bulletin.

Sheffield: combined authority area
Sheffield: combined authority area

A government amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill, tabled earlier this month, would give combined authorities and the London mayor powers to take over the preparation of local plans from councils in their area if they are too slow in bringing one forward.

An analysis shows that, of the 30 local planning authorities within the existing five combined authority areas covering the Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield cityregions and the North East and West Yorkshire, 17 have adopted local plans.

A further four plans are at the examination stage, the analysis reveals, while two have been withdrawn. Three councils have published draft local plans for consultation, while four have yet to do so, according to the study.


Gloucestershire: Stroud District Council adopted its local plan on 19 November. The document sets out the strategic vision for development in the district up to 2031.

Leicestershire: Charnwood Borough Council adopted its core strategy on 9 November. The strategy sets the strategic vision for development in the borough up to 2028.


Merseyside: Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council’s draft core strategy has been found sound by inspector Martin Pike after the authority made alterations to reflect new onshore wind energy policy changes.

West Sussex: Inspector Martin Pike has backed Crawley Borough Council’s local plan, subject to a series of modifications, including an update to the strategy’s housing requirement to reflect recent household projections.


Cambridgeshire: South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council are consulting on proposed modifications to the Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire local plans. Comments must be made by 25 January 2016.

West Yorkshire: Bradford City Council has published proposed main modifications to its core strategy local plan for consultation. The consultation closes on 20 January 2016.

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