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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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Surrey council drops 112-hectare green belt allocation

Surrey council drops 112-hectare green belt allocation

A Surrey council has scrapped plans to bring forward a single 112.1-hectare green belt site for development rather than several separate sites across the area after planners concluded that the removal of the site from the green belt 'might not be able to withstand scrutiny at an examination'.

Basildon cuts housing numbers in revised local plan

Basildon cuts housing numbers in revised local plan

One of the 15 councils threatened with intervention by central government has approved a revised version of its local plan, including a cut to previously proposed housing numbers.

Cambridge adopts 14,000-home local plan

Cambridge adopts 14,000-home local plan

Cambridge City Council has formally adopted its local plan, which allocates land for 14,000 new homes up to 2031.

Hampshire council says it will "tear up" draft local plan over standard method

Hampshire council says it will "tear up" draft local plan over standard method

Fareham Borough Council has announced that it will "tear up" its draft local plan and start again due to a 30 per cent increase in homes required by the government's new standard method for calculating housing need.

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What Christmas deadline for standard method consultation means for applicants and authorities

What Christmas deadline for standard method consultation means for applicants and authorities

Comments by the housing minister on the timing of revisions to the government's standard method of assessing housing need means that confusion surrounding the new policy's introduction is likely to continue, say practitioners.

The implications of a Hertfordshire local plan holding direction for planners

The implications of a Hertfordshire local plan holding direction for planners

A last-minute holding direction issued by the housing secretary barring a Hertfordshire district from adopting its local plan could cause uncertainty for both councils and developers, practitioners say.

How inspectors are applying the standard method to local plans

How inspectors are applying the standard method to local plans

There are conflicting messages from local plan examiners on use of the government's new standard housing need assessment method. But experts are advising councils to stick with previous techniques in plans submitted before the end of January.

Why authorities are considering stepped approach to delivery

Why authorities are considering stepped approach to delivery

Councils' proposals to introduce staged approaches to housing delivery in their local plans have prompted concerns that some are trying to sidestep their obligations.


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