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Local Plan Watch: Councils react angrily to PINS exam findings

Local Plan Watch: Councils react angrily to PINS exam findings

Heated exchanges between councils and the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) in the past month over plan examinations features in this week's round-up of local plan news.

Westminster to submit City Plan with ramped up green and affordable housing policies

Westminster to submit City Plan with ramped up green and affordable housing policies

Westminster City Council is to submit its new draft City Plan for examination after a consultation last year prompted changes including a relaxed maximum size limit on new homes plus stronger environmental and affordable housing targets.

Berkshire council axes 22 draft local plan housing sites following inspector intervention

Berkshire council axes 22 draft local plan housing sites following inspector intervention

A Berkshire council has removed 22 housing sites from its draft local plan and reduced the amount of development allocated on green belt land amid a raft of changes made in response to concerns raised by a planning inspector.

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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.

How the London Plan inspectors' push for a green belt review might pan out

How the London Plan inspectors' push for a green belt review might pan out

Inspectors examining the draft London Plan have called for the mayor to instigate a review of the capital's green belt to meet future housing needs.

How likely is the secretary of state to step in to determine his first local plan?

How likely is the secretary of state to step in to determine his first local plan?

The housing secretary is serious in his threat to take over consideration of a long-emerging local plan if a newly-elected council administration decides to withdraw it, say commentators.


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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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