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Academics blast government's 'deregulatory' and 'incoherent' planning overhaul

Academics blast government's 'deregulatory' and 'incoherent' planning overhaul

A group of leading planning academics has launched a blistering attack on the government’s proposed overhaul of the planning system, accusing ministers of ignoring evidence in their pursuit of deregulation.

Planning system should be 'principally funded' by developer contributions, says white paper

Planning system should be 'principally funded' by developer contributions, says white paper

The government's new planning system should be "principally funded" by landowners and developers, while fees should continue to be set nationally but "cover at least the full cost" of processing applications, the planning white paper proposes.

The authorities that face the biggest increases in housing need under the proposed new standard method

The authorities that face the biggest increases in housing need under the proposed new standard method

Greater London authorities will face the greatest pressure to increase delivery of new homes, according to an analysis of the government's proposed new methodology for calculating housing need.

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How a government court climbdown should make it easier for councils to find 'deliverable' housing sites for their land supply

How a government court climbdown should make it easier for councils to find 'deliverable' housing sites for their land supply

A secretary of state concession in a High Court case widens the scope of 'deliverable' housing sites that local authorities can add to their land supply, experts agree, but opinion is divided as to whether the long-debated issue has now been put to bed.

Why St Albans isn't cooperating with its neighbouring authorities

Why St Albans isn't cooperating with its neighbouring authorities

The Hertfordshire council has failed the duty to cooperate twice in four years in its efforts to adopt an up-to-date local plan. Observers say politics has played a key part in the district’s failure to meet the legal requirement.

Why diving household projections make government-backed housing need figures harder to uphold

Why diving household projections make government-backed housing need figures harder to uphold

Under the existing planning system, ever-lower household projections can be ignored by most planners. But many experts predict that councils and communities will use them to undermine the credibility of the government’s standard method of assessing housing need.

How a court judgment exposed the risk of counting on housing need to justify green belt release

How a court judgment exposed the risk of counting on housing need to justify green belt release

A successful legal challenge to a development plan in Leeds shows the risk of plan-makers depending too heavily on housing need figures to justify green belt release, especially when those numbers drop significantly, say commentators


Info Maps

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

Time for radical reform? by Angus Walker

As we tentatively take steps towards easing the lockdown and returning to normality, there has been quite a lot of talk about using that return as an opportunity for more radical changes to the planning system.

Zoning will only work if implementing a wider vision, by Catriona Riddell

It will be thirty years this month since I started as a graduate planner. During the decades I have experienced lots of changes to the system, all of which aimed to deliver a faster and fairer approach to planning.

We must make the local plan system fit for purpose, by Graeme Bell

On 11 June 1920 a plan was produced for “a town designed for healthy living”. As we struggle with coronavirus and what a post-Covid environment might look like, healthy living sounds like an idea whose time has come again.