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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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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.

Why most of the 15 tardy plan-making authorities may not face government intervention after all

The threat of government intervention seems to have galvanised most of the 15 councils named as tardy plan-makers. Most will probably escape intervention, say commentators. And even those that do not may see only a partial takeover of their plan-making function.

How councils facing Javid's plan-making intervention threat have responded

Fifteen English councils named by the government as tardy plan-makers had until this week to persuade communities secretary Sajid Javid that he need not intervene. Some have either made or committed to tangible progress, which experts say will be necessary to avoid intervention. Others have not.

Local Plan Watch: West Sussex plan approved despite housing shortfall

News that an inspector has found a West Sussex council's local plan sound despite the document providing for just over half of the district's objectively assessed housing need features in the latest Local Plan Watch round-up.