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Local Plan Watch: Councils react angrily to PINS exam findings

Local Plan Watch: Councils react angrily to PINS exam findings

Heated exchanges between councils and the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) in the past month over plan examinations features in this week's round-up of local plan news.

Berkshire council axes 22 draft local plan housing sites following inspector intervention

Berkshire council axes 22 draft local plan housing sites following inspector intervention

A Berkshire council has removed 22 housing sites from its draft local plan and reduced the amount of development allocated on green belt land amid a raft of changes made in response to concerns raised by a planning inspector.

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How algae are blocking 10,000 planned homes

How algae are blocking 10,000 planned homes

It has been one year since a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on the environmental impact of nitrates from new developments threw plans for thousands of homes in England into doubt.

How we did it: Achieving biodiversity and 40% social housing

How we did it: Achieving biodiversity and 40% social housing

Oxford City Council and developer Grosvenor promise biodiversity net gain and 40 per cent social homes at Barton Park, reports Colin Marrs.

How the London Plan inspectors' push for a green belt review might pan out

How the London Plan inspectors' push for a green belt review might pan out

Inspectors examining the draft London Plan have called for the mayor to instigate a review of the capital's green belt to meet future housing needs.

How likely is the secretary of state to step in to determine his first local plan?

How likely is the secretary of state to step in to determine his first local plan?

The housing secretary is serious in his threat to take over consideration of a long-emerging local plan if a newly-elected council administration decides to withdraw it, say commentators.