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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.

Local Plans News

High Court throws out challenge to Ashford local plan

High Court throws out challenge to Ashford local plan

A High Court judge has thrown out a landowner's attempt to get a Kent council's local plan declared unsound over its safeguarding of a former factory site for a new train depot, according to the authority.

Welsh Government proposes scrapping five-year housing land supply requirement

Welsh Government proposes scrapping five-year housing land supply requirement

Local authorities in Wales would no longer be required to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply under plans being considered by the Welsh Government.

Jenrick considering whether to approve South Oxfordshire plan himself, says MHCLG

Jenrick considering whether to approve South Oxfordshire plan himself, says MHCLG

The housing ministry has clarified that the secretary of state is considering whether to approve the troubled South Oxfordshire local plan himself after the council's chief executive wrote to the department to raise concerns about the long-emerging document being "placed on hold" by the minister's intervention.

Local Plan Watch: Reigate and Banstead adopts plan to release green belt for new homes

Local Plan Watch: Reigate and Banstead adopts plan to release green belt for new homes

A Surrey council has adopted a development management plan that removes nine sites from the green belt to allocate land for 845 new homes.

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How we did it: Consulting on strategic sites quickly and cheaply

How we did it: Consulting on strategic sites quickly and cheaply

Bringing together site promoters and local residents was key to East Hampshire District Council's speedy large sites consultation, writes Mark Wilding.

How councils are avoiding updating their five-year-old plans

How councils are avoiding updating their five-year-old plans

A Surrey council's announcement that, following a review of its five-year-old local plan, it had decided that none of the policies needed updating has prompted concerns in the development sector about a potential 'loophole' in national policy and guidance.

Why the Old Oak Common local plan has run into trouble

Why the Old Oak Common local plan has run into trouble

A planning inspector last week told a development corporation driving a huge London regeneration project to cut a key site from its plan for the area. But the corporation and the landowner are at loggerheads over how the inspector's recommendation will impact on the site's development.

How councils are responding to the local plan threat from the government's air quality nemesis

How councils are responding to the local plan threat from the government's air quality nemesis

Local authorities threatened with legal action by an environmental campaign group if their local plan policies fail to meet carbon reduction laws warn that, in some cases, meeting such objectives may delay their plan production or restrict their ability to meet their housing requirement.