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Maps: core strategy progress data

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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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Local Plan Watch: Wirral’s 12,000-home plan set for further delay due to Covid-19

Local Plan Watch: Wirral’s 12,000-home plan set for further delay due to Covid-19

Wirral Councll’s long-emerging local plan plus another development strategy in Suffolk are both set to be delayed due to disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

High Court backs Wycombe plan's use of 2014-based projections to justify green belt release

High Court backs Wycombe plan's use of 2014-based projections to justify green belt release

The High Court has thrown out a challenge to the release of a green belt site in a Buckinghamshire authority's local plan, ruling that the document was justified in basing its housing targets on older and higher 2014-based government household growth projections.

How a government court climbdown should make it easier for councils to find 'deliverable' housing sites for their land supply

How a government court climbdown should make it easier for councils to find 'deliverable' housing sites for their land supply

A secretary of state concession in a High Court case widens the scope of 'deliverable' housing sites that local authorities can add to their land supply, experts agree, but opinion is divided as to whether the long-debated issue has now been put to bed.

Research gives half of English councils lowest ranking for policy support for elderly housing

Research gives half of English councils lowest ranking for policy support for elderly housing

Half of English councils still lack detailed local plan policies or site allocations to support older people's housing, according to research published this week by estate agent Knight Frank and law firm Irwin Mitchell.

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Why St Albans isn't cooperating with its neighbouring authorities

Why St Albans isn't cooperating with its neighbouring authorities

The Hertfordshire council has failed the duty to cooperate twice in four years in its efforts to adopt an up-to-date local plan. Observers say politics has played a key part in the district’s failure to meet the legal requirement.

Why diving household projections make government-backed housing need figures harder to uphold

Why diving household projections make government-backed housing need figures harder to uphold

Under the existing planning system, ever-lower household projections can be ignored by most planners. But many experts predict that councils and communities will use them to undermine the credibility of the government’s standard method of assessing housing need.

How a court judgment exposed the risk of counting on housing need to justify green belt release

How a court judgment exposed the risk of counting on housing need to justify green belt release

A successful legal challenge to a development plan in Leeds shows the risk of plan-makers depending too heavily on housing need figures to justify green belt release, especially when those numbers drop significantly, say commentators

Local Plan Watch: Sevenoaks gets day in court over inspector's local plan ruling

Local Plan Watch: Sevenoaks gets day in court over inspector's local plan ruling

News that a Kent council has been granted permission to bring a judicial review against a planning inspector's decision to reject its emerging local plan over a failure to meet the duty to cooperate, while a trio of Tory MPs have urged the housing secretary to call in the draft document features in the latest Local Plan Watch update.