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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

PINS announces 35 digital events to be held next month

PINS announces 35 digital events to be held next month

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.

Why an inspector backed one garden community proposal in a local plan but blocked two others

Why an inspector backed one garden community proposal in a local plan but blocked two others

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.

Local Plan Watch: Inspector backs LLDC plan's departure from standard housing need method

Local Plan Watch: Inspector backs LLDC plan's departure from standard housing need method

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. .

Bucks authority hits back at inspectors' finding that plan failed duty to cooperate

Bucks authority hits back at inspectors' finding that plan failed duty to cooperate

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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Why the pandemic may make it harder for councils to defend their housing land supply positions

Why the pandemic may make it harder for councils to defend their housing land supply positions

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.

Local Plan Watch: Hart adopts local plan after boosting housing target

Local Plan Watch: Hart adopts local plan after boosting housing target

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.

Why some councils are still struggling to meet the duty to cooperate

Why some councils are still struggling to meet the duty to cooperate

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.

Why council land supply shortfalls may no longer tip the scales for developers

Why council land supply shortfalls may no longer tip the scales for developers

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.