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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 councils that could face the housing delivery test's presumption penalty in November 2020

The councils that could face the housing delivery test's presumption penalty in November 2020

Almost one in five authorities could face the housing delivery test's most severe penalty in November 2020 if their housebuilding rates do not increase, according to Planning research.

The 20 councils we predict will have the most improved housing delivery test results for 2019

The 20 councils we predict will have the most improved housing delivery test results for 2019

Lichfield, Salford and Cheshire East councils are the authorities that look likely to have the most improved year-on-year scores under the 2019 housing delivery test, according to research by Planning.

The 20 councils that we predict will have the highest housing delivery rates under the 2019 test

The 20 councils that we predict will have the highest housing delivery rates under the 2019 test

Cheshire West and Chester, Vale of White Horse and Cambridge councils are the authorities that look likely to have the highest rates of new homes provision under the 2019 housing delivery test, according to research by Planning.

The councils that we predict will have to produce a housing delivery action plan for the first time under the 2019 test

The councils that we predict will have to produce a housing delivery action plan for the first time under the 2019 test

Twenty-three councils would, under the 2019 housing delivery test, have to for the first time produce a housing delivery action plan outlining how they will boost the provision of new homes in their area, according to research by Planning.

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What lies behind councils' vociferous criticism of local plan inspectors?

What lies behind councils' vociferous criticism of local plan inspectors?

Recent instances of councils strongly and publicly criticising an inspector's handling of the examination of their local plan reflect the reality that they are not in complete control of the documents, say experts

Neighbourhood Watch: East Devon becomes county's district with most parish plans

Neighbourhood Watch: East Devon becomes county's district with most parish plans

News that a plan for Sidmouth has become the 17th neighbourhood plan to be adopted in a Devon district, making it the county's top area for parish plan coverage, features in our latest neighbourhood planning round-up.

Local Plan Watch: Newly-merged Dorset council consults on first plan

Local Plan Watch: Newly-merged Dorset council consults on first plan

A recently-formed unitary authority in Dorset has embarked on the first stages of preparing a local plan.

How likely is the secretary of state to step in to determine his first local plan?

How likely is the secretary of state to step in to determine his first local plan?

The housing secretary is serious in his threat to take over consideration of a long-emerging local plan if a newly-elected council administration decides to withdraw it, say commentators.