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Devon joint strategic plan set for 16-month delay after councils change control

Devon joint strategic plan set for 16-month delay after councils change control

Preparation of a joint strategic plan in Devon looks set to be delayed by almost a year and a half after work was suspended to take into account changes in political administrations across the county.

Central Bedfordshire hits out at local plan inspectors over 'withheld' documents

Central Bedfordshire hits out at local plan inspectors over 'withheld' documents

A local authority in Bedfordshire has accused two planning inspectors of withholding crucial correspondence in relation to its local plan examination after the inspectors raised "serious concerns" about aspects of the document.

High Court throws out challenge to Ashford local plan

High Court throws out challenge to Ashford local plan

A High Court judge has thrown out a landowner's attempt to get a Kent council's local plan declared unsound over its safeguarding of a former factory site for a new train depot, according to the authority.

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How we did it: Consulting on strategic sites quickly and cheaply

How we did it: Consulting on strategic sites quickly and cheaply

Bringing together site promoters and local residents was key to East Hampshire District Council's speedy large sites consultation, writes Mark Wilding.

How councils are avoiding updating their five-year-old plans

How councils are avoiding updating their five-year-old plans

A Surrey council's announcement that, following a review of its five-year-old local plan, it had decided that none of the policies needed updating has prompted concerns in the development sector about a potential 'loophole' in national policy and guidance.

Why the Old Oak Common local plan has run into trouble

Why the Old Oak Common local plan has run into trouble

A planning inspector last week told a development corporation driving a huge London regeneration project to cut a key site from its plan for the area. But the corporation and the landowner are at loggerheads over how the inspector's recommendation will impact on the site's development.

How councils are responding to the local plan threat from the government's air quality nemesis

How councils are responding to the local plan threat from the government's air quality nemesis

Local authorities threatened with legal action by an environmental campaign group if their local plan policies fail to meet carbon reduction laws warn that, in some cases, meeting such objectives may delay their plan production or restrict their ability to meet their housing requirement.


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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

Is the government's approach to housing numbers a step too far, asks Catriona Riddell

Wokingham Borough Council recently consulted its residents on whether the local authority should accept the government's housing target of more than 800 new homes each year. The response was, not surprisingly, an overwhelming "no".

Joining up the climate emergency dots, by Catriona Riddell

In May this year the government declared a climate change emergency which was soon followed by many local authorities across the country declaring their own climate change emergencies.

Government needs to back councils that plan across boundaries, by Catriona Riddell

In 2012, the coalition government introduced the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). This focused plan-making at the local and neighbourhood level, with no statutory strategic planning tier following the abolition of regional strategies. Roll forward to 2019 and there is increasing recognition from ministers about the importance of long-term strategic planning to help boost housing supply.

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