When published at the end of July, the revised NPPF told local planning authorities that plans submitted after 24 January 2019 would have to comply with its revised policies, including the new standard method of assessing housing need.
The latest Planning Inspectorate (PINS) figures show four plans were submitted in October, one in September and three in August (see chart). The monthly average for the year to October was 4.6, while that for the two preceding years was 3.7. The highest figure since November 2016 was 13 submitted in March this year.
Meanwhile, the figure of seven plans adopted in October was a sharp increase on the two in September and one in August. It was the highest in 2018 and the second-highest since November 2016, only topped by the ten adopted in July 2017.
LOCAL PLAN UPDATES
Devon: North Devon District Council and Torridge District Council adopted their joint local plan at a meeting of their full councils held on 29 October. Leicestershire: Melton Borough Council’s local plan was adopted by its full council on 10 October.
Tyne and Wear: Sunderland City Council submitted the Sunderland Core Strategy to the secretary of state for examination on 21 November.
Hampshire: Eastleigh Borough Council submitted its draft local plan to the secretary of state for examination on 31 October.
Essex: Harlow District Council submitted its draft local plan to the secretary of state for examination on 19 October.
London: Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation submitted its draft local plan to the secretary of state for examination on 4 October.
Worcestershire: Wyre Forest District Council published a draft version of its local plan for consultation between 1 November and 17 December.
Nottinghamshire: Ashfield District Council decided at a meeting on 6 September to withdraw its emerging local plan from examination and to begin preparing a new local plan.