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Knightsbridge neighbourhood plan that seeks to improve air quality passes examination

Knightsbridge neighbourhood plan that seeks to improve air quality passes examination

A central London neighbourhood plan that requires all new major applications to prove that their proposals will cause less air pollution than the developments they replace has passed examination.

St Albans draft local plan proposes three urban extensions to Hemel Hempstead

St Albans draft local plan proposes three urban extensions to Hemel Hempstead

St Albans City and District Council has published its draft local plan, outlining proposals for 913 new homes per year and three urban extensions to Hemel Hempstead.

Why northern councils are lowering their housing targets

Why northern councils are lowering their housing targets

Many northern councils are preparing to set less ambitious housing targets in light of the government's impending new standard method for calculating housing need.

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How Croydon Council and other authorities aim to boost housebuilding on small sites

How Croydon Council and other authorities aim to boost housebuilding on small sites

The draft National Planning Policy Framework requirement to allocate small sites for housing delivery is posing difficulties for some council planners, writes Stuart Watson.

Why government has gone quiet on special measures designations

Why government has gone quiet on special measures designations

The government has not yet confirmed that it will impose sanctions on councils deemed to be underperforming in their handling of applications for planning permission.

How EU court's ruling on habitats could affect neighbourhood plans

How EU court's ruling on habitats could affect neighbourhood plans

Neighbourhood planning groups may face further delay and expense in drawing up supporting material to show that policies will not harm key wildlife sites, experts suggest.

Why Essex councils have teamed up to prepare a joint plan

Why Essex councils have teamed up to prepare a joint plan

High housing need and green belt restrictions explain why a group of south Essex authorities are working together on a joint planning strategy, say commentators.


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Maps: core strategy progress data

Maps: core strategy progress data

Use our new interactive map to view English councils' progress in adopting local plans and view a spreadsheet containing the latest data on local plan coverage from the Planning Inspectorate.

Map: neighbourhood plan applications

Map: neighbourhood plan applications

Use our new interactive map to view how many applications for neighbourhood planning powers have been received by English councils and the names of the groups that have submitted them.

Strategic Planning Comment

Danger of a rush to strategic plans if they replace rather than add to local plans, by Richard Garlick

Where more than two or three planners are gathered together, there will usually be positive things said about the benefits of planning across local authority boundaries.

Hard work ahead for councils, by Catriona Riddell

With the local elections out of the way, and the consultation on the government's planning changes over, councils will be asking themselves what it all means.

Government guidance bids to end time-consuming debates in planning, by Richard Garlick

It is essential that the planning system allows the merits of a particular use of a piece of land to be debated. But it must also bring some structure to those exchanges, so that decisions can be made in a reasonably timely and efficient way.

Dealing with housing delivery, by Catriona Riddell

Deal-making appears to be the government's preferred approach to securing housing delivery. This has been well rehearsed with the devolution deals negotiated over the past few years with groups of city-regional authorities and the new housing deals being agreed now.

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