News that the coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancellation of a series of neighbourhood plan referendums features in the latest Neighbourhood Watch update.
Councils will need to make better use of social media and online consultation methods to effectively consult on their local plans during the coronavirus crisis, say experts, but some warn that such techniques may not currently be suitable for all aspects of the process.
Sussex council calls for government to relax five year local plan review requirement in light of coronavirus
A Sussex council has called on the government to lift its requirement for local plans to be reviewed every five years to take into account the challenges being faced by local authorities during the coronavirus outbreak.
- Senior Policy Planners Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Cambridgeshire
- Principal Policy Planner (Project Manager) Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Cambridgeshire
- Trainee Policy Planner / Policy Planner Dartford Borough Council London (Greater)
- Assistant Planner David Wilson Homes Northamptonshire
- Senior Planning Policy Officers X 2 Royal Borough of Kingston Kingston Upon Thames (City/Town), London (Greater)
In February, before the coronavirus made electioneering in the capital a less urgent priority, London mayor Sadiq Khan put out a press release. It revealed statistics showing that he was on course to meet his affordable housing target this year – to see work started on 17,000 affordable homes. If he achieves it, it will be the first time in four years he has come close to that kind of level.
The housing secretary's proposed changes to the London Plan - including watering down the mayor's flagship policies aiming to protect green belt and industrial land - has prompted uncertainty over the status of the capital's spatial strategy and the timescale of its adoption, say experts.
Practitioners warn that it will be a challenge to ensure that committees and other planning meetings can continue through the use of remote working technology and say that current decision-making delays may push back application consultation timescales.
Plans for up to 200 homes on the outskirts of a village near Milton Keynes have been rejected at appeal by an inspector who cited the scheme's conflict with a neighbourhood plan.
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.
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.
Robert Jenrick’s recent statement ahead of another planning White Paper flirts with the idea of switching planning in England from a policy-based to a zoning-based system.
Decisions on planning have always been made through the democratic process, helping to maintain an element of public accountability and scrutiny in land use and its impact on the wider area.
Slightly less than seven years ago, we published an article called "Unplanned England", which detailed the ten biggest housing schemes on sites not supported by local authorities that had been allowed at appeal since the publication of the 2012 National Planning Policy Framework.