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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.