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Cambridgeshire council adopts new 20,000-home local plan

Cambridgeshire council adopts new 20,000-home local plan

Huntingdonshire District Council in Cambridgeshire has formally adopted its new local plan.

Derbyshire council votes to scrap local plan despite officers' warning of £1.4m cost risk

Derbyshire council votes to scrap local plan despite officers' warning of £1.4m cost risk

Members of Amber Valley Borough Council have voted to scrap its local plan, despite officers' warnings of a potential cost of more than £1.4 million, following the authority's change of control in this month's local elections.

Neighbourhood Watch: Torbay adopts total plan coverage

Neighbourhood Watch: Torbay adopts total plan coverage

Three neighbourhood plans covering the entire borough of Torbay have been adopted following "yes" votes at local referendums on 2 May.

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How strategic arrangements in the Thames estuary could pan out

How strategic arrangements in the Thames estuary could pan out

The government has backed proposals to revive joined-up growth arrangements for the Thames Estuary. But what does it mean for planning in the subregion, Adam Branson asks.

What the local election results mean for planning

What the local election results mean for planning

Changes in administrations at eight key councils following last week's local elections are likely to impact on planning and development, say commentators.

Is Wirral Council finally getting serious about plan-making?

Is Wirral Council finally getting serious about plan-making?

Faced with the threat of government intervention, Wirral Council has published its action plan for improving its tardy plan-making. The plan shows no evidence of willingness to review the green belt, and reveals that the council's plan production timetable has slipped again. But it also discloses significant recruitment of officers and advisers, and a pledge to meet housing need as calculated by the government's standard method.

The lessons of a plan examination that will last two years

The lessons of a plan examination that will last two years

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council's local plan examination will run for at least two years, according to the latest timetable. Commentators say this shows the potential dangers to councils of proposing to not meet housing need on green belt grounds.


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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

Metro mayors used Mipim to preach a brownfield first message, by Richard Garlick

While national politicians and London mayor Sadiq Khan were absent from this month's Mipim property conference, several English metro mayors took the opportunity to promote their city regions.

EU and UK need a radical reinvention of regional policy and planning, by Cliff Hague

Brexit has dominated the UK news agenda, but scant attention has been paid to its impact on the EU, and the EU's capacity to address the kind of regional disparities that decided the 2016 referendum.

Councils' strategies for housing provision are under greater scrutiny than ever, by Richard Garlick

With its revisions to planning policy and guidance for England published last month, the government is in some ways easing pressure on planning authorities in high housing growth areas to provide for more homes, and in other ways increasing it.

The government's housing delivery test has immediately shown its teeth, by Richard Garlick

In recent years, threats of government sanctions against under-performing planning authorities have begun to ring rather hollow.

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