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Milton Keynes formally adopts 26,500-home local plan

Milton Keynes formally adopts 26,500-home local plan

Milton Keynes Council has formally adopted its local plan, which proposes the delivery of 26,500 new homes up to 2031.

Neighbourhood Watch: Why three neighbourhood plans have been rejected in referendums

Neighbourhood Watch: Why three neighbourhood plans have been rejected in referendums

A Cheshire town has become the third area in the country to reject a proposed neighbourhood plan at a referendum, on a margin of just 22 votes.

2019 Planning Awards shortlist revealed

2019 Planning Awards shortlist revealed

The shortlist has been announced for this year's Planning Awards. As well as recognising outstanding professional planning work, the awards reward excellence in planning-related activities such as placemaking, urban design, economic development, housing, regeneration, legal advice and environmental consulting.

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Interview: Andy Burnham, Greater Manchester Mayor

Interview: Andy Burnham, Greater Manchester Mayor

The metro mayor talks exclusively to Planning on negotiating infrastructure funding with central government, housing numbers and development corporations

Local Plan Watch: Lake District plan proposes more housing

Local Plan Watch: Lake District plan proposes more housing

The Lake District National Park Authority is closer to an updated local plan after publishing the results of a consultation held last year.

Why an NPPF tweak could help councils boost their housing land supply

Why an NPPF tweak could help councils boost their housing land supply

A revision to the National Planning Policy Framework's definition of "deliverability" may make it easier for councils to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply, say some experts.

Why guidance revisions could help councils agree lower housing targets

Why guidance revisions could help councils agree lower housing targets

New national planning guidance on housing need could make it easier for councils to plan for fewer homes than the standard method allows, some consultants have warned.


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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.

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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.

Ministers are not supporting willing authorities to deliver homes, by Richard Garlick

In theory at least, the government has a twin-track approach to ensuring that the required amount of homes are delivered through the English planning system.

Shared ambition key at local level, by Catriona Riddell

Planning was front and centre at this year's Conservative Party Conference. Housing minister Kit Malthouse made it clear that the government wants to see local authorities planning jointly at county or regional level.

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