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The implications of a Hertfordshire local plan holding direction for planners

The implications of a Hertfordshire local plan holding direction for planners

A last-minute holding direction issued by the housing secretary barring a Hertfordshire district from adopting its local plan could cause uncertainty for both councils and developers, practitioners say.

Why a Hull neighbourhood plan was rejected at referendum

Why a Hull neighbourhood plan was rejected at referendum

Ineffective community engagement by plan-makers could explain why residents of an inner-city estate refused to endorse a neighbourhood plan, say observers.

Local Plan Watch: Five key ways updated national guidance impacts on local plans

Local Plan Watch: Five key ways updated national guidance impacts on local plans

Last week, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published an updated version of its Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) with a new section on plan-making. It includes guidance on how councils should go about meeting new requirements for cross-boundary working on strategic issues introduced by the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

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How inspectors are applying the standard method to local plans

How inspectors are applying the standard method to local plans

There are conflicting messages from local plan examiners on use of the government's new standard housing need assessment method. But experts are advising councils to stick with previous techniques in plans submitted before the end of January.

Why the government's Oxbridge corridor timetable has prompted council concerns

Why the government's Oxbridge corridor timetable has prompted council concerns

The government's announcement of a search for sites in the Oxford to Cambridge growth arc could undermine the local plan process, some authorities in the area fear.

New London Plan: four key changes you need to know about

New London Plan: four key changes you need to know about

A schedule of 'early suggested changes' to the new London Plan was issued by the Greater London Authority (GLA) earlier this month, ahead of a formal public examination expected to start in January. Here are four of the key changes proposed, with reaction from commentators.

Why authorities are considering stepped approach to delivery

Why authorities are considering stepped approach to delivery

Councils' proposals to introduce staged approaches to housing delivery in their local plans have prompted concerns that some are trying to sidestep their obligations.


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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

Strategic planning has been key to Chinese economic development, by Cliff Hague

Governments in the UK have fretted for four decades about ways to deregulate planning so as to speed development and economic growth. If they had looked through the other end of the telescope, and asked how they could strengthen the planning system to deliver growth, the results would have been more impressive.

Growth deals must be realistic as well as ambitious, by Catriona Riddell

The word 'ambition' has been used a lot in recent months, particularly in relation to the growth deals being negotiated between the government and local authorities.

Why tweaking the standard method to align government goals could be tricky

Local planning authorities are taking the new standard method of assessing housing need and the forthcoming housing delivery test very seriously.

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.

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