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Neighbourhood Watch: Pandemic leads to referendum cancellations

Neighbourhood Watch: Pandemic leads to referendum cancellations

News that the coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancellation of a series of neighbourhood plan referendums features in the latest Neighbourhood Watch update.

How to adapt local plan consultation in response to the Covid-19 outbreak

How to adapt local plan consultation in response to the Covid-19 outbreak

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

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.

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Ministers say Sadiq Khan's housing record is 'deeply disappointing'. What does the data say?

Ministers say Sadiq Khan's housing record is 'deeply disappointing'. What does the data say?

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 implications of the housing secretary's London Plan intervention

The implications of the housing secretary's London Plan intervention

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.

How the coronavirus is affecting day-to-day planning work

How the coronavirus is affecting day-to-day planning work

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.

Neighbourhood Watch: Inspector cites parish plan conflict to reject 200-home scheme

Neighbourhood Watch: Inspector cites parish plan conflict to reject 200-home scheme

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.


Info Maps

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

What previous experience reveals about the pros and cons of zoning, by Cliff Hague

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.

How planning should change if councillors lose control over decisions, by Catriona Riddell

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.

The rise and fall of the big 'unplanned' housing scheme, by Richard Garlick

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.