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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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Local Plan Watch: City of London's revised draft plan proposes new cultural requirements for developers

Local Plan Watch: City of London's revised draft plan proposes new cultural requirements for developers

The City of London Corporation's latest draft of its local plan has introduced new requirements for developers of major schemes to provide "cultural plans" as part of their planning applications and sets out how it hopes to mitigate the impact of the government's recent shake up of town centre use classes.

Theresa May leads Tory backbenchers' concerns over planning bill measures

Theresa May leads Tory backbenchers' concerns over planning bill measures

The former Prime Minister and an ex-environment secretary are among the Conservative MPs who have expressed concerns over proposals in the planning bill announced in yesterday’s Queen’s Speech, including that it would limit "local involvement” in the planning process.

Local plans to 'provide more certainty' on development proposals and be produced quicker

Local plans to 'provide more certainty' on development proposals and be produced quicker

Local plans will have to "provide more certainty" on development proposals for "different categories of land" and be produced more quickly under measures in the upcoming planning bill, the government has announced.

Planning bill will create a more 'certain' plan system and introduce a new infrastructure levy

Planning bill will create a more 'certain' plan system and introduce a new infrastructure levy

A new planning bill to create a more "certain" local plan system, to introduce a new developer contributions levy and to "simplify" European environmental regulations has been announced in today's Queen Speech.

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What a second Khan mayoralty might mean for planning

What a second Khan mayoralty might mean for planning

The London mayor's election manifesto indicates a continued focus on affordable housing provision should he gain a second term, say observers. But they expect him to face continued challenges in meeting housing delivery targets, while there is uncertainty over whether the London Plan will be reviewed.

The implications of a proposed NPPF tweak requiring councils planning large settlements to think longer term

The implications of a proposed NPPF tweak requiring councils planning large settlements to think longer term

A tweak to national policy would mean councils proposing large settlements in their local plans to produce 30-year "vision" documents. Practitioners said the move will require local authority plan-makers to provide more detail on how such schemes would be delivered, but said there is uncertainty over how inspectors should assess them.

Why some councils are challenging PINS over local plan failures

Why some councils are challenging PINS over local plan failures

Two councils in Kent are challenging inspectors' verdicts that their local plans failed the duty to cooperate - one via the courts, the other through a request for ministerial intervention. Practitioners suspect the moves are a political tactic to avoid implementing unpopular development strategies but say they face little chance of success.

How local plans are being changed by councils’ climate emergency declarations

How local plans are being changed by councils’ climate emergency declarations

Many councils have declared “climate emergencies”, with some reviewing their local plans to introduce policies aiming to cut carbon emissions. But practitioners have warned that such local changes are constrained by national policies and guidance which conflict with climate change objectives.