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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 recommends 'stepped approach' to Leicestershire local plan housing delivery

Inspector recommends 'stepped approach' to Leicestershire local plan housing delivery

A planning inspector has recommended that a Leicester council's draft local plan introduce a 'stepped approach' to housing delivery as part of a series of measures to make the document sound, according to the authority.

Gravesham moots green belt changes to meet 2,000-home shortfall

Gravesham moots green belt changes to meet 2,000-home shortfall

A Kent council has published a series of options to help it meet a 2,000-home shortfall in its local development framework, the majority of which propose the deallocation of green belt land.

Government hires consultants to support local plan intervention process

Government hires consultants to support local plan intervention process

The government has hired two consultancies to help them decide whether to take over local plan production at the three councils facing intervention, Planning can reveal.

Guildford council rebuts inspector's 'unrealistic' local plan criticism

Guildford council rebuts inspector's 'unrealistic' local plan criticism

A Surrey council has issued a robust defence of its draft local plan after a planning inspector last month criticised its approach to housing delivery, particularly its lack of proposals to help a neighbouring authority meet its unmet housing need.

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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.

Local Plan Watch: First Surrey plan adopted in four years

Local Plan Watch: First Surrey plan adopted in four years

News of the adoption of Waverley Borough Council's local plan - the first Surrey district authority to adopt a local plan for almost four years - features in the latest Local Plan Watch update.


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