Local Plans Expert Group News and Analysis
Last week, the government's Local Plan Expert Group published its long-awaited report on streamlining and improving the local plan-making process. John Geoghegan spoke to group chairman John Rhodes, director of consultancy Quod
The chair of a heavyweight panel commissioned by the government to look at ways to streamline the local plan process has said that the recommendations contained in its report could have 'seismic' implications for calculating housing need and land supply.
The housing ministry has proposed a shake-up of its standard method of assessing housing need. Commentators say this has been prompted by ministers' concerns about the loss of green belt and greenfield land, but opinions differ as to how radical the changes might be.
Why the failure of two out of three councils to fix their housing land supply may deter others from trying
Of the first tranche of councils seeking to protect their housing land supply from appeal challenges for a year via a new policy route, only one has succeeded. Some observers say the difficulties experienced by this first wave may put off other authorities from embarking on the process this year.
A Lancashire council has become the first and only local authority to confirm its five-year housing land supply via an annual position statement, after planning inspectors knocked back attempts by two other councils.
Recent instances of councils strongly and publicly criticising an inspector's handling of the examination of their local plan reflect the reality that they are not in complete control of the documents, say experts
How three councils are seeking immunity from challenges alleging insufficient housing site provision
Three authorities have submitted annual position statements to the government under new rules allowing them to secure their housing land supply positions for one year. The councils say they hope the move will let them avoid fighting costly appeals.