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Local Plan Watch: New Forest National Park plan found sound

Local Plan Watch: New Forest National Park plan found sound

The New Forest National Park Authority has become one of the few authorities of its kind to have an up-to-date local plan pass examination.

Inspectors reiterate that West of England plan should be withdrawn

Inspectors reiterate that West of England plan should be withdrawn

Inspectors have reiterated their advice that the West of England strategic plan should be withdrawn from examination and said the councils concerned need to "reconsider many fundamental elements" in preparing a new version of the document.

Lancashire council halts plan review despite officer warnings

Lancashire council halts plan review despite officer warnings

Councillors in West Lancashire have voted to cease work on a local plan review, despite being warned that to do so would delay plan submission by two years, leave the authority without a five year housing land supply, and cost hundreds of thousands of pounds.

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How local industrial strategies will impact on planning

How local industrial strategies will impact on planning

Local industrial strategies can provide the basis for councils to go for ambitious levels of housing and employment growth, but development plans will need to allocate land to reflect their priorities, say commentators.

How three councils are seeking immunity from challenges alleging insufficient housing site provision

How three councils are seeking immunity from challenges alleging insufficient housing site provision

Three authorities have submitted annual position statements to the government under new rules allowing them to secure their housing land supply positions for one year. The councils say they hope the move will let them avoid fighting costly appeals.

How one tardy plan-making council continues to escape sanction

How one tardy plan-making council continues to escape sanction

An Essex council threatened with intervention by central government for taking too long to prepare its local plan is unlikely to face Whitehall action, say observers, despite little apparent progress in the preparation of its development blueprint in the past six months.

Neighbourhood Watch: Three more plans rejected at the polls

Neighbourhood Watch: Three more plans rejected at the polls

Three neighbourhood plans have failed to secure the backing of local residents in the last two months, bringing the total number of plans rejected at referenda to six.


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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.

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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.

The public needs to see that the standard method is free from political tinkering, by Richard Garlick

Plenty of planning authorities will be finding the figures generated by the government's standard method for assessing housing need uncomfortably large.

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