Local Plans Expert Group News and Analysis


Interview: John Rhodes, chairman, Local Plan Expert Group

Interview: John Rhodes, chairman, Local Plan Expert Group

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

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How local plan panel's report would shake up the plan-making process

How local plan panel's report would shake up the plan-making process

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.

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Why annual reports to fix housing land supply may have limited appeal

A new procedure aimed at reducing arguments over housing land supply pipelines will see limited take-up and need time to produce results, experts predict.

How the NPPF revisions change the system, Part 6: The standard housing need assessment method

Now updated and expanded, this section in our series of briefings on the final revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) looks at the new standard method for assessing housing need and examines responses to its introduction from key sector organisations. [Updated 20/9/18]

How standard method rethink could impact on plan-making

The government's announcement of a review of its standard method of assessing housing need creates uncertainty and could delay local plan preparation, say commentators.

What to expect in the National Planning Policy Framework revisions

Long-awaited draft revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) are expected to emerge on Monday. Here are some indications of their likely content.

Why ambitious councils need not fear the standard housing need assessment

Last month, an inspector told Burnley Borough Council to cut its planned housing provision. According to some commentators, many other northern councils will soon be receiving similar advice, if the government's proposed new standard method of assessing housing need is introduced as planned. But others say that, given the right evidence, councils will still be able to set ambitious housing goals.