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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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Inspector finds plans for three Essex garden communities 'unsound'

Inspector finds plans for three Essex garden communities 'unsound'

Proposals for three new garden communities in Essex have been found 'unsound' by a planning inspector who concluded that key aspects of the delivery plan for the schemes required 'significant' further work.

Plans submitted for 3,000 homes on disputed North Yorkshire site

Plans submitted for 3,000 homes on disputed North Yorkshire site

Plans have been submitted for 3,000 homes on a site at the centre of a legal challenge against a North Yorkshire council's emerging local plan.

Dorset councils propose higher housing target in revised joint plan

Dorset councils propose higher housing target in revised joint plan

Two Dorset councils have proposed an increased housing provision in a revision of their joint local plan in response to the government's new standard housing need methodology.

Majority of English councils have now adopted post-NPPF plans, study finds

Majority of English councils have now adopted post-NPPF plans, study finds

More than half of all English councils now have an adopted post-National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) local plan, according to new research.

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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.

How will the government proceed with local plan intervention threat?

How will the government proceed with local plan intervention threat?

The government faces significant obstacles in taking over local plan production at the three councils that face intervention, experts warn.

What proposals to resolve viability in local plans mean for you

What proposals to resolve viability in local plans mean for you

Proposals to make planning authorities resolve most viability assessment issues in their local plans will increase plan-makers' workload, say experts. And landowners and developers will also need to play more attention to local plans' viability assumptions.

How standard method aims to cut need argument

How standard method aims to cut need argument

Concerns that the government's standard method for calculating councils' objectively assessed housing need would be watered down have proved unfounded.


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