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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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Burnley Council votes to adopt local plan

Burnley Council votes to adopt local plan

Burnley Borough Council in Lancashire has voted to adopt its new local plan, having reduced both its annual housing target and employment land requirement in line with the recommendation of a planning inspector.

Local Plan Watch: Government reiterates commitment to local plans

Local Plan Watch: Government reiterates commitment to local plans

The government has confirmed its commitment to local plans in its new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), amending wording from the draft version that some observers saw as weakening the requirement for councils to plan at the local scale.

Gloucestershire council adopts 8,400-home local plan

Gloucestershire council adopts 8,400-home local plan

A Gloucestershire council has adopted its local plan that proposes the delivery of 8,400 new homes, including 1,800 in a strategic site allocation.

Cambridgeshire council warns local plan could 'fail at first hurdle' following inspector's standard method ruling

Cambridgeshire council warns local plan could 'fail at first hurdle' following inspector's standard method ruling

An inspector's recommendation that a Cambridgeshire council adopt a higher homes target based on the new National Planning Policy Framework's (NPPF's) standard housing need methodology could see its local plan 'fail at its first hurdle', the local authority has said.

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How standard method rethink could impact on plan-making

How standard method rethink could impact on plan-making

The government's announcement of a review of its standard method of assessing housing need creates uncertainty and could delay local plan preparation, say commentators.

Why northern councils are lowering their housing targets

Why northern councils are lowering their housing targets

Many northern councils are preparing to set less ambitious housing targets in light of the government's impending new standard method for calculating housing need.

Why government has gone quiet on special measures designations

Why government has gone quiet on special measures designations

The government has not yet confirmed that it will impose sanctions on councils deemed to be underperforming in their handling of applications for planning permission.

How a European court ruling that stiffens wildlife safeguards could delay plan-making

How a European court ruling that stiffens wildlife safeguards could delay plan-making

A recent landmark European court ruling on protected wildlife zones could slow local plan-making and further restrict housing supply around these areas, say practitioners.


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