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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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Inspectors back Oxford plan's higher housing target and green belt release

Inspectors back Oxford plan's higher housing target and green belt release

Planning inspectors have backed proposals in Oxford City Council's draft local plan to provide almost 11,000 new homes up to 2036 and to release eight green belt sites for housing.

Why a county council is poised to take over production of a district's local plan

Why a county council is poised to take over production of a district's local plan

Ministers have warned an Oxfordshire district council considering ditching its long-emerging development plan that it may ask the county council to intervene. Obervers believe some form of intervention is likely, with the county saying it is willing to step in, despite resource concerns.

Inspectors recommend withdrawal of Uttlesford plan over 'vague' garden communities proposals

Inspectors recommend withdrawal of Uttlesford plan over 'vague' garden communities proposals

Planning inspectors have recommended that an Essex council withdraw its local plan from examination, saying they would not be able to find the document sound because of its insufficient and "vague" evidence to justify proposals for three garden communities.

High Court grants unincorporated Leeds residents group right to challenge city's site allocations plan

High Court grants unincorporated Leeds residents group right to challenge city's site allocations plan

The High Court has ruled that a former neighbourhood planning forum of Leeds residents has the legal standing required to challenge a crucial part of the city's development plan, rejecting the local authority's arguments that as an unincorporated body it had no right to do so.

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How we did it: Producing a joint plan for a protected landscape

How we did it: Producing a joint plan for a protected landscape

How two councils drew up the first jointly produced plan for an area of outstanding natural beauty. By Colin Marrs.

The court ruling that legal experts say will ease green belt release

The court ruling that legal experts say will ease green belt release

A High Court ruling on a challenge to a Surrey local plan may make it easier for both councils and developers to make the case for releasing green belt via plan-making, say barristers.

What predicted housing delivery test sanctions might mean for councils' five year land supplies

What predicted housing delivery test sanctions might mean for councils' five year land supplies

Planning has forecast that this year's housing delivery test is likely to mean that 19 councils are likely to be required to increase their housing land supply. Where this results in local authorities falling short of their required five-year supply, some tough challenges lie ahead, say practitioners.

What lies behind councils' vociferous criticism of local plan inspectors?

What lies behind councils' vociferous criticism of local plan inspectors?

Recent instances of councils strongly and publicly criticising an inspector's handling of the examination of their local plan reflect the reality that they are not in complete control of the documents, say experts