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Inspector agrees to removal of Redhill Aerodrome site from Surrey local plan

Inspector agrees to removal of Redhill Aerodrome site from Surrey local plan

A planning inspector has agreed a proposal by a Surrey council to delete a policy in its emerging local plan that sought to remove an aerodrome site from the green belt and safeguard it for future development.

Councils lack 'collective awareness' of promoting health through planning, says TCPA

Councils lack 'collective awareness' of promoting health through planning, says TCPA

Local authorities suffer from a lack of 'collective awareness' of the potential for planning powers to promote better health, according to a report by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA).

Neighbourhood Watch: Limited progress for Merseyside plans

Neighbourhood Watch: Limited progress for Merseyside plans

Two neighbourhood plans successfully passed referendums in Sefton, Merseyside, last month, meaning that the number of made neighbourhood plans in the Liverpool City Region is set to double.

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Neighbourhood Watch: Which neighbourhood plans allocate the most housing?

Neighbourhood Watch: Which neighbourhood plans allocate the most housing?

Since their introduction in the 2011 Localism Act, some in the development sector have accused neighbourhood plans of restricting development, or even being a NIMBY's tool.

Why publication of the housing delivery test has been delayed

Why publication of the housing delivery test has been delayed

Sources say the housing ministry is still carrying out last-minute checks with local authorities before publishing its final delivery test results, with some observers saying it might not now emerge until the new year.

Why an Essex council is now facing local plan intervention

Why an Essex council is now facing local plan intervention

An Essex council whose local plan production timescale is undergoing Whitehall scrutiny is now likely to miss its key development strategy deadlines following a vote against the document. But observers say immediate central government intervention is not certain.

Local Plan Watch: Plan submissions stall ahead of deadline

Local Plan Watch: Plan submissions stall ahead of deadline

There has been no marked rise in the number of local plans submitted for examination in recent months, despite the imminent end of the transition period for the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).


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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.

Strategic Planning Comment

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.

There is little proof that neighbourhood plans help housing delivery, by Richard Garlick

Neighbourhood plans are here to stay. The latest government figures show that more than 2,400 groups have started on producing one. They are without equal as mechanisms for engaging local people in the planning system.

Malthouse says the standard method has generated some 'crazy' figures, by Richard Garlick

The government has done a pretty comprehensive job of distancing itself from the new standard method for assessing housing need. Before the Office of National Statistics household projections came out last month, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) had already said that it would consider revising the standard method.

The fatal flaw in UK planning, by Cliff Hague

The negation of the idea of regional-scale planning within a national spatial framework has done self-inflicted damage to cohesion within the UK, says Cliff Hague.

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