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Maps: core strategy progress data

Maps: core strategy progress data

Use our new interactive map to view English councils' progress in adopting local plans and view a spreadsheet containing the latest data on local plan coverage from the Planning Inspectorate.

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The opportunities and threats presented by the housing delivery test results

The opportunities and threats presented by the housing delivery test results

The long-awaited results of the new test for local authorities on housing delivery poses significant challenges for some areas, while promising an easier future for others.

Local Plan Watch: Three key findings on local plans from the National Audit Office's planning report

Local Plan Watch: Three key findings on local plans from the National Audit Office's planning report

Earlier this month, public spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) published its wide-ranging review of how well the planning system is supporting the delivery of new homes. Here are three key findings on local plans.

Revised national guidance clarifies how councils can diverge from standard housing need method

Revised national guidance clarifies how councils can diverge from standard housing need method

Revised Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) on assessing housing and economic need published by the government yesterday clarifies how councils can diverge from the standard housing need method and includes a new section on employment land.

Guildford claims inspector's support for lower local plan housing target

Guildford claims inspector's support for lower local plan housing target

The leader of a Surrey council says an inspector has backed changes to the authority's draft local plan to reduce its annual housing target by more than 10 per cent and remove the allocation of four green belt sites.

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What Brokenshire's local plan intervention climbdown means for the programme's future

What Brokenshire's local plan intervention climbdown means for the programme's future

The housing secretary's declaration that he will not take over plan production at Wirral and Thanet councils shows that Whitehall lacks enthusiasm for full-blown intervention, say commentators.

Why an Essex council is now facing local plan intervention

Why an Essex council is now facing local plan intervention

An Essex council whose local plan production timescale is undergoing Whitehall scrutiny is now likely to miss its key development strategy deadlines following a vote against the document. But observers say immediate central government intervention is not certain.

Local Plan Watch: Plan submissions stall ahead of deadline

Local Plan Watch: Plan submissions stall ahead of deadline

There has been no marked rise in the number of local plans submitted for examination in recent months, despite the imminent end of the transition period for the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Local Plan Watch: Dorset councils make local plan progress

Local Plan Watch: Dorset councils make local plan progress

Adoption of Poole Borough Council's local plan this month signals the latest advance in plan preparation in Dorset ahead of impending local government shake-up.


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