Heated exchanges between councils and the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) in the past month over plan examinations features in this week's round-up of local plan news.
Westminster City Council is to submit its new draft City Plan for examination after a consultation last year prompted changes including a relaxed maximum size limit on new homes plus stronger environmental and affordable housing targets.
A Berkshire council has removed 22 housing sites from its draft local plan and reduced the amount of development allocated on green belt land amid a raft of changes made in response to concerns raised by a planning inspector.
- Planning Enforcement Officer Eastleigh Borough Council Eastleigh, Hampshire
- Development Manager Team Leader New Forest District Council Lyndhurst, New Forest
- Planner | Bedford | 1+ years' experience Lewis Davey Bedford, Bedfordshire
- Senior Planning Manager | Housebuilder | 5+ years' experience Lewis Davey South Essex, Near M25
- Planning Consultant Lewis Davey Exeter, Devon
New government figures show that record numbers of local authorities are turning to green belt release in their local plans.
A recently-formed unitary authority in Dorset has embarked on the first stages of preparing a local plan.
Inspectors examining the draft London Plan have called for the mayor to instigate a review of the capital's green belt to meet future housing needs.
The housing secretary is serious in his threat to take over consideration of a long-emerging local plan if a newly-elected council administration decides to withdraw it, say commentators.
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I was recently asked by the Women in Planning Network to write about my career and the people who have helped me along the way. This led me to reflect on the differences between spatial planning when I first started out in the 1990s and today.
Local plans are meant to be the backbone of our "plan-led" planning system. We aspire to create plans that are "succinct and up to date", to "provide a positive vision for the future of each area" and to act as "a platform for local people to shape their surroundings".
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".