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Why an inspector backed one garden community proposal in a local plan but blocked two others

Why an inspector backed one garden community proposal in a local plan but blocked two others

A planning inspector vetoed two garden community proposals totalling 34,000 new homes in a local plan because he considered them to be neither viable nor deliverable. Some critics say the local plan system struggles to accommodate such large settlements, but others argue it is essential that the deliverability of such schemes is robustly probed.

Local Plan Watch: Inspector backs LLDC plan's departure from standard housing need method

Local Plan Watch: Inspector backs LLDC plan's departure from standard housing need method

An inspector has backed the London Legacy Development Corporation's (LLDC's) local plan review and said that "exceptional circumstances" justify the strategy using an alternative approach to the government's standard method for calculating housing need. .

Transport secretary backs new M42 junction six dual carriageway in Birmingham green belt

Transport secretary backs new M42 junction six dual carriageway in Birmingham green belt

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has granted consent for a new dual carriageway on green belt land on the edge of Birmingham as part of an upgrade to junction six of the M42, after concluding that the project would help improve access to the city's airport and support the development of a new High Speed Two (HS2) train station.

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Neighbourhood Watch: Jenrick gives emerging neighbourhood plan 'significant weight' to allow 500-home green belt appeal

Neighbourhood Watch: Jenrick gives emerging neighbourhood plan 'significant weight' to allow 500-home green belt appeal

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has allowed an appeal for a 500-home scheme in the Oxfordshire green belt after giving "significant weight" to support for the proposal in an emerging neighbourhood plan.

Why the pandemic may make it harder for councils to defend their housing land supply positions

Why the pandemic may make it harder for councils to defend their housing land supply positions

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on housing delivery and viability is likely to make it more difficult for local authorities to demonstrate that their five-year land supply is robust, consultants and councils suggest.

Local Plan Watch: Hart adopts local plan after boosting housing target

Local Plan Watch: Hart adopts local plan after boosting housing target

A Hampshire council has adopted its local plan after making a series of changes recommended by a planning inspector, including a nine per cent increase to its housing target and dropping a policy supporting a 5,000-home new settlement.

Why some councils are still struggling to meet the duty to cooperate

Why some councils are still struggling to meet the duty to cooperate

So far this year, three councils have seen their draft local plans derailed at examination because they failed to meet the legal duty to cooperate. Early engagement and demonstrating co-operation with both neighbours and government bodies through statements of common ground are key to avoiding such problems, say practitioners.


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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

Covid-19 experience provides plan-makers with opportunity to improve engagement, by Catriona Riddell

One of the positive bi-products of our Covid-19 experience has been getting to know our neighbours and wider communities better, something that has been helped enormously by the use of digital technology.

The ‘duty to cooperate’ is hobbling plan-making, by Catriona Riddell

For many years, the development industry has been unanimous in saying that the duty for planning authorities to cooperate with each other on the preparation of strategic policies does not work.

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.