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South Oxfordshire ducks local plan withdrawal decision after £218m infrastructure cash warning

South Oxfordshire ducks local plan withdrawal decision after £218m infrastructure cash warning

South Oxfordshire Council's recently-elected administration has shied away from withdrawing its local plan from examination after being warned by a county council leader that doing so could threaten £218 million of central government infrastructure funding for a proposed garden town.

Local Plan Watch: Fall in local plans sent for examination

Local Plan Watch: Fall in local plans sent for examination

The number of local plans submitted for examination fell dramatically in the second quarter of 2019, analysis by Planning has revealed.

Why a council is asking residents if they agree with the standard method of assessing housing need

Why a council is asking residents if they agree with the standard method of assessing housing need

A Berkshire council's attempt to secure the backing of local residents to depart from the government's standard housing need method in its new local plan is unlikely to cut any ice with planning inspectors, say observers.

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Strategic Planning In Depth

How joint strategic plans are progressing across England, and the obstacles that they face

How joint strategic plans are progressing across England, and the obstacles that they face

A new generation of sub-regional strategic plans are being prepared in five different areas of England. But their progress faces a number of hurdles, Adam Branson finds.

Neighbourhood Watch: Mayfair plan goes forward to public vote

Neighbourhood Watch: Mayfair plan goes forward to public vote

The successful examination of the draft Mayfair neighbourhood plan means that it will become the second such strategy in Westminster - the London borough that has the most designated neighbourhood plan areas - to proceed to a referendum.

How neighbourhood plans caused tensions on the English Riviera

How neighbourhood plans caused tensions on the English Riviera

Last month saw Torbay Council simultaneously make three neighbourhood plans, covering its entire area. But the process has led to complaints from the local groups that produced the documents. Colin Marrs reports.

Local plan watch: Plans under threat following changes in council control

Local plan watch: Plans under threat following changes in council control

Several local plans are under threat or face potentially costly revisions following changes in political control at councils in the May local elections.


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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

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.

Metro mayors used Mipim to preach a brownfield first message, by Richard Garlick

While national politicians and London mayor Sadiq Khan were absent from this month's Mipim property conference, several English metro mayors took the opportunity to promote their city regions.

EU and UK need a radical reinvention of regional policy and planning, by Cliff Hague

Brexit has dominated the UK news agenda, but scant attention has been paid to its impact on the EU, and the EU's capacity to address the kind of regional disparities that decided the 2016 referendum.

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