The PINS figures on local plan progress show that just two local plans were adopted between April and June this year, compared to eight between January and March and three in July alone. The number of plans adopted between April and June 2018 are the lowest of any quarter since the start of 2016 (see chart below). Between January 2016 and June 2018, an average of 6.8 plans have been adopted per quarter, making the April-June 2018 figures about a third of the normal rate.
The number of new draft plans published between April and June this year also dropped, the PINS figures show, compared to a surge in the previous two quarters. Nine were published in the second quarter of the year, a drop from 16 published between January and March this year and 20 between October and December last year. However, the April-June 2018 figures are just slightly lower than the average for all the quarters going back to January 2016, which comes to 10.5 plans per quarter. This means the numbers published between October 2017 and March 2018 were almost twice the normal rate.
The PINS statistics also show there are still 15 councils - about five per cent of all English local planning authorities - that are yet to publish a local plan, going back to the end of 2005.
LOCAL PLAN UPDATES
Lancashire: Burnley Borough Council voted to adopt its new local plan at a meeting on 31 July. Burnley's Local Plan replaces the 2006 Burnley Local Plan and proposes 3,880 new homes up to 2032 and allocates 66 hectares of employment land.
London: The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames adopted its local plan on 3 July, replacing its 2009 core strategy. The document includes a housing target of 315 homes per year between 2015 and 2025.
Lancashire: Chorley, South Ribble and Preston Councils have issued a call for sites consultation as part of their preparation for the new joint Central Lancashire Local Plan, which aims to guide development in the area over a 15-year period.
Surrey: Runnymede Council submitted the Runnymede Local Plan 2030 to the Planning Inspectorate for examination on 31 July. The document proposes the provision of 7,480 new homes over the plan period, between 2015 and 2030.