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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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Doncaster consults on plan with housing target 60 per cent higher than standard method

Doncaster consults on plan with housing target 60 per cent higher than standard method

A Yorkshire council is consulting on a draft local plan that proposes a housing target almost 60 per cent higher than its local need figure as calculated using the government's new standard method.

Wycombe adopts local plan after inspector backs green belt and AONB release

Wycombe adopts local plan after inspector backs green belt and AONB release

Wycombe District Council has adopted its local plan after an inspector recommended a nine per cent increase in its housing target and backed the document's proposed release of 10 sites from the green belt and 12 sites from an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) for new development.

Local Plan Watch: Three key plan updates you may have missed

Local Plan Watch: Three key plan updates you may have missed

Here are three key stories on updates to local plans from the past fortnight, including an inspector warning a Hertfordshire council that it may need to be withdraw its draft strategy if there are further delays to its examination.

First three councils submit annual housing land supply statements for PINS examination

First three councils submit annual housing land supply statements for PINS examination

Three councils have submitted the first five-year housing land supply Annual Position Statements (APSs) for examination, with six more in the pipeline, the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has announced.

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Local Plan Watch: Kent council proposes five per cent green belt cut

Local Plan Watch: Kent council proposes five per cent green belt cut

News that a Kent local authority has outlined plans to more than double the housing target in its local plan and to de-allocate five per cent of its green belt land features in our latest local plan round-up.

Why new guidance raises the bar for councils in demonstrating that they have an adequate supply of housing sites

Why new guidance raises the bar for councils in demonstrating that they have an adequate supply of housing sites

Fresh advice in new Planning Practice Guidance on housing supply and delivery is likely to raise the bar for local authorities in demonstrating that they have a five-year housing land supply, commentators suggest.

How a council's attempt to overturn an inspector's assessment of its housing land supply foundered in court

How a council's attempt to overturn an inspector's assessment of its housing land supply foundered in court

A High Court ruling has dismissed a council's attempt to challenge an aspect of an appeal decision, which found it had an inadequate housing land supply. But a key issue of whether housing oversupply should be taken into account for land supply calculations has been left unresolved, say legal experts.

Why a council is asking residents if they agree with the standard method of assessing housing need

Why a council is asking residents if they agree with the standard method of assessing housing need

A Berkshire council's attempt to secure the backing of local residents to depart from the government's standard housing need method in its new local plan is unlikely to cut any ice with planning inspectors, say observers.


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