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