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Local Plan Watch: City of London's revised draft plan proposes new cultural requirements for developers

Local Plan Watch: City of London's revised draft plan proposes new cultural requirements for developers

The City of London Corporation's latest draft of its local plan has introduced new requirements for developers of major schemes to provide "cultural plans" as part of their planning applications and sets out how it hopes to mitigate the impact of the government's recent shake up of town centre use classes.

Theresa May leads Tory backbenchers' concerns over planning bill measures

Theresa May leads Tory backbenchers' concerns over planning bill measures

The former Prime Minister and an ex-environment secretary are among the Conservative MPs who have expressed concerns over proposals in the planning bill announced in yesterday’s Queen’s Speech, including that it would limit "local involvement” in the planning process.

Local plans to 'provide more certainty' on development proposals and be produced quicker

Local plans to 'provide more certainty' on development proposals and be produced quicker

Local plans will have to "provide more certainty" on development proposals for "different categories of land" and be produced more quickly under measures in the upcoming planning bill, the government has announced.

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What the cancellation of the Oxford-Cambridge expressway means for planning and development in the area

What the cancellation of the Oxford-Cambridge expressway means for planning and development in the area

The government's cancellation of a planned expressway linking Oxford and Cambridge indicates that other major road projects may now be called into question due to conflict with climate change targets, observers suggest. But local plan preparation and development work are likely to benefit now that the uncertainty the road project had created is over.

Why so few councils are asking PINS to fix their housing land supply positions for a year

Why so few councils are asking PINS to fix their housing land supply positions for a year

Only three councils have this year expressed an interest in submitting a housing land supply annual position statement to the Planning Inspectorate to confirm their five-year target for 12 months. Practitioners say the tight timescales for preparing such documents so soon after local plan adoption and the risk of an inspector removing sites from a local authority's claimed pipeline make it an unappealing option for many.

What new affordability data means for councils' housing need levels

What new affordability data means for councils' housing need levels

The latest government data indicating slightly improved housing affordability means that local housing need levels will drop for almost half of English councils, with more authorities in the North and Midlands experiencing increases compared to London and the South, according to analysis by experts.

Neighbourhood Watch: Locality urges continued use of offline consultation methods

Neighbourhood Watch: Locality urges continued use of offline consultation methods

Neighbourhood planning groups and other community organisations should ensure they use a mix of online and offline methods when conducting consultation exercises, according to guidance from Locality.


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

How to meet the challenges posed by polarisation of local politics, by Catriona Riddell

As we await the results of this year’s local elections, the increased use of digital technology has widened the debate around some very complex issues, but also made the debate increasingly polarised.

Letter: It’s time to make tough decisions about the Oxford-Cambridge arc

The recent abandonment of the expressway linking Oxford and Cambridge is the latest indication that key issues must be addressed over the Oxford-Cambridge arc, with the question still remaining over what it actually is and what it is really for.

Letter: A council’s local plan challenge reveals a lack of will to grapple with housing numbers

A Kent council has challenged criticism by inspectors of its local plan, which reveals a lack of willingness among some authorities to boost housing numbers and create a system that works for everyone.