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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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Inspectors warn Uttlesford residents' group administration of local plan withdrawal

Inspectors warn Uttlesford residents' group administration of local plan withdrawal

An Essex council has been warned by planning inspectors that its local plan may have to be withdrawn from examination after political control of the authority passed to a residents' group that has previously claimed the submitted strategy is unsound.

York consults on cutting housing target in proposed local plan changes

York consults on cutting housing target in proposed local plan changes

A North Yorkshire council is consulting on a raft of proposed amendments to its submitted local plan, including a cut in its annual housing target by nine per cent from 867 homes per year to 790.

Northumberland submits plan with 40% fewer homes than earlier version

Northumberland submits plan with 40% fewer homes than earlier version

Northumberland County Council has submitted a local plan for examination this week which proposes more new homes than the local housing need figure says are needed, but fewer than a previous version of the plan proposed.

Guildford local plan faces prospect of judicial review over green belt allocations

Guildford local plan faces prospect of judicial review over green belt allocations

Controversy over the recently adopted Guildford local plan is mounting after three judicial review applications were submitted and a local MP renewed his calls for the document to be subject to an early review.

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Local Plan Watch: Merged councils begin local plan reviews

Local Plan Watch: Merged councils begin local plan reviews

Council mergers in Dorset, Suffolk and Somerset have sparked work to produce a series of new unified local plans. Local government reorganisation in Dorset earlier this year saw nine councils become two new unitary authorities.

What the rise of local political parties opposing housing plans means for applicants and authorities

What the rise of local political parties opposing housing plans means for applicants and authorities

Despite overt opposition to emerging and adopted local plans, residents groups that have emerged as key players in three councils in the wider south east may find it difficult to dramatically revise local development strategies, Planning has discovered.

What the local election results mean for planning

What the local election results mean for planning

Changes in administrations at eight key councils following last week's local elections are likely to impact on planning and development, say commentators.

Is Wirral Council finally getting serious about plan-making?

Is Wirral Council finally getting serious about plan-making?

Faced with the threat of government intervention, Wirral Council has published its action plan for improving its tardy plan-making. The plan shows no evidence of willingness to review the green belt, and reveals that the council's plan production timetable has slipped again. But it also discloses significant recruitment of officers and advisers, and a pledge to meet housing need as calculated by the government's standard method.


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