A central London neighbourhood plan that requires all new major applications to prove that their proposals will cause less air pollution than the developments they replace has passed examination.
St Albans City and District Council has published its draft local plan, outlining proposals for 913 new homes per year and three urban extensions to Hemel Hempstead.
Many northern councils are preparing to set less ambitious housing targets in light of the government's impending new standard method for calculating housing need.
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The draft National Planning Policy Framework requirement to allocate small sites for housing delivery is posing difficulties for some council planners, writes Stuart Watson.
The government has not yet confirmed that it will impose sanctions on councils deemed to be underperforming in their handling of applications for planning permission.
Neighbourhood planning groups may face further delay and expense in drawing up supporting material to show that policies will not harm key wildlife sites, experts suggest.
High housing need and green belt restrictions explain why a group of south Essex authorities are working together on a joint planning strategy, say commentators.
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Danger of a rush to strategic plans if they replace rather than add to local plans, by Richard Garlick
Where more than two or three planners are gathered together, there will usually be positive things said about the benefits of planning across local authority boundaries.
With the local elections out of the way, and the consultation on the government's planning changes over, councils will be asking themselves what it all means.
It is essential that the planning system allows the merits of a particular use of a piece of land to be debated. But it must also bring some structure to those exchanges, so that decisions can be made in a reasonably timely and efficient way.
Deal-making appears to be the government's preferred approach to securing housing delivery. This has been well rehearsed with the devolution deals negotiated over the past few years with groups of city-regional authorities and the new housing deals being agreed now.