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Shropshire to consult on possible green belt release to meet growth ambitions

Shropshire to consult on possible green belt release to meet growth ambitions

Councillors at a West Midlands local authority have approved a consultation paper setting out plans for potential green belt release to accommodate a 'high' rate of housing growth.

Bath and North East Somerset proposes student housing restrictions in new local plan

Bath and North East Somerset proposes student housing restrictions in new local plan

A West of England council has published local plan options that would allow it to meet a 14,500-home housing target, including proposals to ban new student housing outside of university campuses.

Westminster proposes size limits on new homes in draft local plan

Westminster proposes size limits on new homes in draft local plan

Westminster City Council is proposing to limit the size of new homes to 150 square metres in its draft local plan in an effort to promote "mixed communities" and discourage "empty super-prime properties".

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How the three councils under Whitehall plan-making scrutiny are faring

How the three councils under Whitehall plan-making scrutiny are faring

How are the three councils undergoing central government scrutiny of their local plan production faring, asks Adam Branson.

How we did it: Aligning plans to manage homes growth

How we did it: Aligning plans to manage homes growth

Two councils in the East of England dovetailed local plans to manage a strong growth agenda, Colin Marrs reports.

Why progress on a joint spatial plan is proving slower than expected

Why progress on a joint spatial plan is proving slower than expected

Hold-ups on a planning strategy put together by four West Country unitary authorities highlight the difficulties and uncertainties facing joint spatial plans, according to experts.

How we did it: Approving homes via a neighbourhood order

How we did it: Approving homes via a neighbourhood order

A village community group used a pioneering process to grant permission on a key site, says Colin Marrs.


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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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Shared ambition key at local level, by Catriona Riddell

Planning was front and centre at this year's Conservative Party Conference. Housing minister Kit Malthouse made it clear that the government wants to see local authorities planning jointly at county or regional level.

There is little proof that neighbourhood plans help housing delivery, by Richard Garlick

Neighbourhood plans are here to stay. The latest government figures show that more than 2,400 groups have started on producing one. They are without equal as mechanisms for engaging local people in the planning system.

Malthouse says the standard method has generated some 'crazy' figures, by Richard Garlick

The government has done a pretty comprehensive job of distancing itself from the new standard method for assessing housing need. Before the Office of National Statistics household projections came out last month, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) had already said that it would consider revising the standard method.

The fatal flaw in UK planning, by Cliff Hague

The negation of the idea of regional-scale planning within a national spatial framework has done self-inflicted damage to cohesion within the UK, says Cliff Hague.

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