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The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has announced it is planning to hold "at least" 35 virtual hearings, inquiries and examinations in June as it "scales up" its capacity to process more cases.
A planning inspector vetoed two garden community proposals totalling 34,000 new homes in a local plan because he considered them to be neither viable nor deliverable. Some critics say the local plan system struggles to accommodate such large settlements, but others argue it is essential that the deliverability of such schemes is robustly probed.
An inspector has backed the London Legacy Development Corporation's (LLDC's) local plan review and said that "exceptional circumstances" justify the strategy using an alternative approach to the government's standard method for calculating housing need. .
A council has hit out at planning inspectors who warned that the emerging Chiltern and South Bucks local plan does not satisfy the duty to cooperate, claiming that there are "significant weaknesses" and "shortcomings" in their findings.
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The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on housing delivery and viability is likely to make it more difficult for local authorities to demonstrate that their five-year land supply is robust, consultants and councils suggest.
A Hampshire council has adopted its local plan after making a series of changes recommended by a planning inspector, including a nine per cent increase to its housing target and dropping a policy supporting a 5,000-home new settlement.
So far this year, three councils have seen their draft local plans derailed at examination because they failed to meet the legal duty to cooperate. Early engagement and demonstrating co-operation with both neighbours and government bodies through statements of common ground are key to avoiding such problems, say practitioners.
Developers could face more problems in winning approval for schemes on unallocated sites following a High Court ruling stressing the primacy of development plan policies, commentators have suggested.