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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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Sussex council calls for government to relax five year local plan review requirement in light of coronavirus

Sussex council calls for government to relax five year local plan review requirement in light of coronavirus

A Sussex council has called on the government to lift its requirement for local plans to be reviewed every five years to take into account the challenges being faced by local authorities during the coronavirus outbreak.

The councils whose populations are expected to decline in the next ten years

The councils whose populations are expected to decline in the next ten years

Oxford, Ealing, Luton and three Surrey authorities are among the 21 councils whose populations are predicted to decline in the next decade, according to the latest government figures.

Councils should continue plan consultation during Covid-19 crisis, says PAS

Councils should continue plan consultation during Covid-19 crisis, says PAS

Councils should continue consultation on their local plans and avoid withdrawing them as a result of the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to new advice.

Local Plan Watch: Covid-19 outbreak causes delay to consultations and examination hearings

Local Plan Watch: Covid-19 outbreak causes delay to consultations and examination hearings

Central Bedfordshire, Chiltern and South Bucks, North Hertfordshire and Rutland are among the first set of councils whose local plans face immediate delays due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Why councils may struggle to meet the government's new local plan deadline

Why councils may struggle to meet the government's new local plan deadline

Some practitioners say the government's latest December 2023 deadline for local plan adoption is an ambitious target that, given the slow progress of plan production to date, will be a challenge for many councils to meet. However, other observers say it should be achievable given the timescale.

How housing need assessment might change

How housing need assessment might change

The housing ministry has proposed a shake-up of its standard method of assessing housing need. Commentators say this has been prompted by ministers' concerns about the loss of green belt and greenfield land, but opinions differ as to how radical the changes might be.

How organisations are trying to keep the planning system moving during the pandemic

How organisations are trying to keep the planning system moving during the pandemic

The planning system is experiencing extreme disruption as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, but ministers,councils and developers’ agents are looking at innovative solutions to overcome the challenges thrown up by the crisis.

How the coronavirus is affecting day-to-day planning work

How the coronavirus is affecting day-to-day planning work

Practitioners warn that it will be a challenge to ensure that committees and other planning meetings can continue through the use of remote working technology and say that current decision-making delays may push back application consultation timescales.