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High Court dismisses council bid to challenge minister's land supply deficit finding

High Court dismisses council bid to challenge minister's land supply deficit finding

A judge has dismissed a Gloucestershire council's effort to challenge an aspect of a secretary of state decision that stated the authority did not have a five-year housing land supply.

Dorset Council votes to scrap work on local plan reviews to focus on creation of single plan

Dorset Council votes to scrap work on local plan reviews to focus on creation of single plan

Newly-created Dorset Council has voted to scrap work on a series of local plan reviews in favour of focusing on a new single plan for the entire recently-merged authority area, after a report advised that continued preparation of the five individual strategies "would have significant additional resource implications".

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How a council's attempt to overturn an inspector's assessment of its housing land supply foundered in court

How a council's attempt to overturn an inspector's assessment of its housing land supply foundered in court

A High Court ruling has dismissed a council's attempt to challenge an aspect of an appeal decision, which found it had an inadequate housing land supply. But a key issue of whether housing oversupply should be taken into account for land supply calculations has been left unresolved, say legal experts.

How neighbourhood plans caused tensions on the English Riviera

How neighbourhood plans caused tensions on the English Riviera

Last month saw Torbay Council simultaneously make three neighbourhood plans, covering its entire area. But the process has led to complaints from the local groups that produced the documents. Colin Marrs reports.

Why contracting out planning services may be past its peak

Why contracting out planning services may be past its peak

A Somerset council has announced that it is considering paying £140,000 on agency staff to help deal with a spike in planning work, but commentators suggest that many authorities are now starting to look in-house.

Local Plan Watch: Merged councils begin local plan reviews

Local Plan Watch: Merged councils begin local plan reviews

Council mergers in Dorset, Suffolk and Somerset have sparked work to produce a series of new unified local plans. Local government reorganisation in Dorset earlier this year saw nine councils become two new unitary authorities.


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