Three councils in Devon adopted a joint plan in March, the latest in a series of collaborative planning documents to become policy.
Faced with the threat of government intervention, Wirral Council has published its action plan for improving its tardy plan-making. The plan shows no evidence of willingness to review the green belt, and reveals that the council's plan production timetable has slipped again. But it also discloses significant recruitment of officers and advisers, and a pledge to meet housing need as calculated by the government's standard method.
Plans for 2,850 homes and a 135,000 square metre film studio complex on a 63 hectare brownfield site in Essex have been recommended for approval by planning officers.
Reports that pop star Robbie Williams is "challenging a council about his application to build a huge underground extension over the objections of his rock star neighbour Jimmy Page, despite the council having approved the request four months ago" feature in today's newspaper round-up.
The decision by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to reduce the housing target for the city has seen the government pull £68m of infrastructure funding pledged as part of a housing deal, in a move which will have implications for other cities.
Councillors in Northampton have endorsed a draft local plan that proposes allocating 81 new sites for 4,750 homes and stepping up housing delivery levels to tackle a shortfall against adopted joint core strategy targets.
Cornwall Council has given the go-ahead for a 6.2km link road between St Austell and the A30, after officers said the scheme would support new housing development and regeneration in the county as well as deliver "significant environmental benefits".
Three local authorities with local plans either recently approved or published for consultation have proposed the release of green belt land to accommodate thousands of homes.
The housing secretary's declaration that he will no longer publish reasons why he has decided to call in planning applications may not necessarily deter legal challenges, say observers.
A claim that an office block in an Essex town which was turned into housing under permitted development (PD) right changes and is used to home people placed there by councils in London is "frightening" for residents and has caused a huge spike in crime and anti-social behaviour features in today's media round-up.