Strategic Planning

Town planning best practice and news covering planning system changes, NPPF and local & neighbourhood development plans for strategic planners.

Sign up for the Strategic Planning email bulletin.

Page Title RSS feed

Strategic Planning News

Isle of Dogs could accommodate 48,000 new homes by 2041, says draft mayoral framework

Isle of Dogs could accommodate 48,000 new homes by 2041, says draft mayoral framework

Up to 48,000 new high-density homes could be built across the Isle of Dogs and South Poplar in east London by 2041, according to a draft planning framework for the area published today by the mayor of London.

Bedfordshire local plan delay after 4,500-home scheme falls through

Bedfordshire local plan delay after 4,500-home scheme falls through

A Bedfordshire council is to defer the submission of its draft local plan after it dropped plans for a 4,500-home garden village in the document after the scheme's promoter and the owners of a nearby drag racing facility failed to reach an agreement on noise mitigation measures.

Inspector directs removal of three major housing sites from Rugby's local plan

Inspector directs removal of three major housing sites from Rugby's local plan

A Warwickshire council has been directed to delete three allocations totalling 1,700 homes from its local plan, with a planning inspector stating that none of them are required to provide a sufficient supply of new housing.

Follow Us:
Planning Jobs

Neighbourhood Watch

Strategic Planning In Depth

How the cross-boundary housing deals between councils and Whitehall compare

How the cross-boundary housing deals between councils and Whitehall compare

Joint spatial plans will be essential if central-local agreements to deliver new homes in bulk are to bear fruit. Joey Gardiner explains.

Why a pioneering joint spatial plan could point the way for a new generation of strategic plans

Why a pioneering joint spatial plan could point the way for a new generation of strategic plans

The progress of the West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) will be a key test of a new generation of strategic plans, according to practitioners.

The authorities facing tough housing delivery test sanctions

The authorities facing tough housing delivery test sanctions

The new housing delivery test comes into force in November. How are three councils possibly in line for a penalty trying to avoid the prospect, Adam Branson asks.

The hurdles to clearing Greater Birmingham's housing shortfall

The hurdles to clearing Greater Birmingham's housing shortfall

Will the recently published independent evaluation of the options for meeting Greater Birmingham's housing shortfall help authorities resolve the issue, asks Richard Garlick.


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

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.

Our Events

Local Plans Tracker

CIL Watch

Policy Tracker

Development plans