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The councils that we predict will have to produce a housing delivery action plan for the first time under the 2019 test

The councils that we predict will have to produce a housing delivery action plan for the first time under the 2019 test

Twenty-three councils would, under the 2019 housing delivery test, have to for the first time produce a housing delivery action plan outlining how they will boost the provision of new homes in their area, according to research by Planning.

The 20 councils we predict will be able reduce their housing land supply thanks to the 2019 delivery test

The 20 councils we predict will be able reduce their housing land supply thanks to the 2019 delivery test

Twenty councils are likely to be able to reduce their housing land supply under the 2019 housing delivery test, according to research by Planning.

The 19 councils we predict will be required to increase their housing land supply under the 2019 delivery test

The 19 councils we predict will be required to increase their housing land supply under the 2019 delivery test

Nineteen councils are likely to have to increase their housing land supply so that it provides for 20 per cent more homes than needed to meet their five year target under the 2019 housing delivery test, according to research by Planning.

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Neighbourhood Watch: South Bank plan adopted and Cheshire homes refused

Neighbourhood Watch: South Bank plan adopted and Cheshire homes refused

News that a cross-boundary business neighbourhood plan has been adopted in one of central London's busiest tourist destinations, and that 184 homes proposed in Cheshire have been blocked on the basis of conflict with a local and neighbourhood plan, feature in our latest neighbourhood planning round-up.

How the general election is likely to affect councils and developers

How the general election is likely to affect councils and developers

The announcement of the 12 December general election is unlikely to affect the progress of planning applications but could cause delays to local plan timetables and potentially divert planning staff resources, according to practitioners.

Why record numbers of councils are releasing green belt in their local plans

Why record numbers of councils are releasing green belt in their local plans

New government figures show that record numbers of local authorities are turning to green belt release in their local plans.

Local Plan Watch: Newly-merged Dorset council consults on first plan

Local Plan Watch: Newly-merged Dorset council consults on first plan

A recently-formed unitary authority in Dorset has embarked on the first stages of preparing a local plan.


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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

Five ways in which spatial planning has changed since the 1990s, by Catriona Riddell

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.

How to produce a local plan for the digital era, by Euan Mills

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".

Is the government's approach to housing numbers a step too far, asks Catriona Riddell

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".

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