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Inspectors back Oxford plan's higher housing target and green belt release

Inspectors back Oxford plan's higher housing target and green belt release

Planning inspectors have backed proposals in Oxford City Council's draft local plan to provide almost 11,000 new homes up to 2036 and to release eight green belt sites for housing.

Why a county council is poised to take over production of a district's local plan

Why a county council is poised to take over production of a district's local plan

Ministers have warned an Oxfordshire district council considering ditching its long-emerging development plan that it may ask the county council to intervene. Obervers believe some form of intervention is likely, with the county saying it is willing to step in, despite resource concerns.

What the new London Plan's housing targets will mean for boroughs' housing land supplies

What the new London Plan's housing targets will mean for boroughs' housing land supplies

Higher London Plan housing targets are set to result in almost half of the capital's boroughs lacking the required five-year land supply, according to exclusive new research, though earlier even higher draft targets would have seen two-thirds of London councils fall short.

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How we did it: Producing a joint plan for a protected landscape

How we did it: Producing a joint plan for a protected landscape

How two councils drew up the first jointly produced plan for an area of outstanding natural beauty. By Colin Marrs.

The court ruling that legal experts say will ease green belt release

The court ruling that legal experts say will ease green belt release

A High Court ruling on a challenge to a Surrey local plan may make it easier for both councils and developers to make the case for releasing green belt via plan-making, say barristers.

What predicted housing delivery test sanctions might mean for councils' five year land supplies

What predicted housing delivery test sanctions might mean for councils' five year land supplies

Planning has forecast that this year's housing delivery test is likely to mean that 19 councils are likely to be required to increase their housing land supply. Where this results in local authorities falling short of their required five-year supply, some tough challenges lie ahead, say practitioners.

What lies behind councils' vociferous criticism of local plan inspectors?

What lies behind councils' vociferous criticism of local plan inspectors?

Recent instances of councils strongly and publicly criticising an inspector's handling of the examination of their local plan reflect the reality that they are not in complete control of the documents, say experts


Info Maps

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

The White Paper must focus on strategic planning and climate change, Catriona Riddell

As promised in the Conservative Party election manifesto, the Government has announced it will bring forward a White Paper to deliver a planning process that is "clearer, more accessible and more certain for all users".

The system needs proactive changes, not a structural overhaul, by Catriona Riddell

By the time you read this, we will have a new government. We need stability to get on with the job of making good places, and a wholesale review of the system is the last thing that is required. But there are things that government can do to deliver better outcomes.

Planning needs a federated geospatial mapping service, by Euan Mills

Whilst planning today is done mostly at local level there will always be a need to exchange information between national and regional bodies. Not only for the planning of major infrastructure or cross-boundary projects, but simply to monitor the cumulative impact of the thousands of small decisions made on a daily basis.