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Maps: core strategy progress data

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Local Plan Watch: Councils react angrily to PINS exam findings

Local Plan Watch: Councils react angrily to PINS exam findings

Heated exchanges between councils and the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) in the past month over plan examinations features in this week's round-up of local plan news.

Westminster to submit City Plan with ramped up green and affordable housing policies

Westminster to submit City Plan with ramped up green and affordable housing policies

Westminster City Council is to submit its new draft City Plan for examination after a consultation last year prompted changes including a relaxed maximum size limit on new homes plus stronger environmental and affordable housing targets.

Berkshire council axes 22 draft local plan housing sites following inspector intervention

Berkshire council axes 22 draft local plan housing sites following inspector intervention

A Berkshire council has removed 22 housing sites from its draft local plan and reduced the amount of development allocated on green belt land amid a raft of changes made in response to concerns raised by a planning inspector.

'Self-certified' Surrey plan review 'should be given no weight', says QC

'Self-certified' Surrey plan review 'should be given no weight', says QC

A Surrey council's review of its five-year-old core strategy which concluded that an update of the document was not needed - despite its housing requirement falling short of the government's standard method - should be given "no weight" in the planning process, a QC told the Planning for Housing conference yesterday.

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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.

Why inspectors backed one council's policy requiring affordable housing contributions from small sites, but blocked another's

Why inspectors backed one council's policy requiring affordable housing contributions from small sites, but blocked another's

Conflicting decisions from inspectors over two constrained councils' attempts in their local plans to seek affordable housing contributions from developers of small sites has prompted some confusion about how far national policy allows authorities to adopt such policies.

Why the housing minister told a council whose plan has just been found sound to focus on brownfield development

Why the housing minister told a council whose plan has just been found sound to focus on brownfield development

The housing minister's response to a Nottinghamshire council's plan to release green belt land for growth illustrates ministers' concerns about green belt development and their desire to see authorities exhaust brownfield options first, say experts. But it also serves as a reminder that authorities often face little option but to release green belt land to meet their housing need, they add.