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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 lessons of a plan examination that will last two years

The lessons of a plan examination that will last two years

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council's local plan examination will run for at least two years, according to the latest timetable. Commentators say this shows the potential dangers to councils of proposing to not meet housing need on green belt grounds.

2,750-home garden village promoter demands independent review of Harrogate local plan

2,750-home garden village promoter demands independent review of Harrogate local plan

The promoter of a garden village near Harrogate in North Yorkshire has called for an independent review of the district's local plan, after a planning inspector advised the council that a proposed major site allocation should be reviewed.

Leicestershire local plan wins inspector approval with 60 per cent housing uplift

Leicestershire local plan wins inspector approval with 60 per cent housing uplift

A planning inspector has paved the way for a Leicestershire council to adopt a local plan which proposes a 60 per cent increase in housing provision compared to the authority's 2011 core strategy.

Tardy plan-making council indicates November 2020 submission in bid to escape government intervention

Tardy plan-making council indicates November 2020 submission in bid to escape government intervention

Wirral Council has set out a detailed action plan in response to the threat of intervention made by communities secretary James Brokenshire in January over its failure to make progress on its local plan.

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Why did the government take so long to lift Stevenage's local plan holding direction?

Why did the government take so long to lift Stevenage's local plan holding direction?

The decision by Secretary of State James Brokenshire to lift the holding direction on Stevenage Council's local plan after 16 months came shortly after the borough threatened legal action against the government

Local Plan Watch: Councils turn to green belt release to meet housing delivery expectations

Local Plan Watch: Councils turn to green belt release to meet housing delivery expectations

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.

Local Plan Watch: Lake District plan proposes more housing

Local Plan Watch: Lake District plan proposes more housing

The Lake District National Park Authority is closer to an updated local plan after publishing the results of a consultation held last year.

Why an NPPF tweak could help councils boost their housing land supply

Why an NPPF tweak could help councils boost their housing land supply

A revision to the National Planning Policy Framework's definition of "deliverability" may make it easier for councils to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply, say some experts.


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