Local Plans

Council calls for urgent meeting to end local plan deadlock

16/03/2022

Welwyn Hatfield BC has written to request an urgent meeting with the housing minister, Stuart Andrew, to discuss the council’s local plan deadlock.

Council publishes £250m plan to revitalise Blackburn

17/12/2021

Blackburn with Darwen Council has published a £250m draft plan for developing Blackburn town centre over the next decade.

Think tank calls for more community involvement in local plans

04/10/2021

A think tank has called for the setting up of two new national funds to help communities have more of a say in local plans and to ensure plans are sustainable.

Councils urged to set whole-area climate change targets

11/03/2021

Only half of local plans aim to reach net-zero across the entire local area, new analysis has shown.

Pressure on Green Belt quadruples, warn campaigners

25/02/2021

More than a quarter of a million homes are proposed on greenfield land in advanced local plans, campaigners have warned.

Councils urged to update their Local Plans

20/01/2021

A small number of councils are failing to keep their Local Plans up-to-date, the housing minister has warned.

Developers yet to apply for planning permission for over a million homes, councils find

11/12/2020

Developers have failed to seek planning permission for more than a million homes on land earmarked for development by councils, according to new research.

Garden communities – context and complexities

27/11/2020

David Churchill warns the Local Plan process could potentially cripple the delivering of ambitious long-term development projects.

The regeneration of transport-linked land

27/10/2020

Transport-linked land must form an integral part of new local plans, argues Nick Markham.

Community involvement in local planning - why Local Plans hold the answer

12/10/2020

Alex Yedigaroff argues the planning white paper presents a great opportunity for local authorities to promote the importance of Local Plans to their communities.

Reforms to fast-track local plans

06/08/2020

Councils will face sanctions unless they draw-up local plans within 30 months under government proposals to overhaul the planning system.

Council gets go-ahead for local plan judicial review

05/06/2020

Sevenoaks District Council has been given permission to bring a judicial review against the government's planning inspector’s after it refused to endorse its local plan.

Jenrick orders council to go ahead with 28,500 homes despite local objections

05/03/2020

An Oxfordshire council has said it is ‘disappointed’ by the Government’s decision to order the local authority to build thousands of new homes.

Who’s planning for more?

04/09/2019

One year on from the launch of the new National Planning Policy Framework planning, Sophie Innes has concerns about its progress.

Lawyers warn 100 local authorities over climate change plans

02/09/2019

Environmental lawyers have threatened legal action against 100 local authorities across England unless they introduce new climate change plans.

Councils ‘unprepared’ for 5G roll out

14/05/2019

Mobile network operators have urged local authorities to do more to support the roll out of 5G as report finds fewer than a third of local plans make reference to mobile connectivity.

Taunton Deane to build 230 new homes

29/03/2019

Councillors in Taunton Deane yesterday approved plans to build up to 230 new homes.

Council gives plan to deliver nearly 20,000 homes the go-ahead

27/03/2019

A 20-year plan to deliver homes, jobs, transport infrastructure and community facilities for Warrington has been given the thumbs-up.

Brokenshire to intervene over ‘lamentable’ failures to publish local plans

05/02/2019

The secretary state for communities has written to Wirral and Thanet councils warning them that Whitehall intended to intervene over their failure to put local plans in place.

Stevenage Borough Council seeks judicial review of delayed local plan

01/02/2019

Stevenage Borough Council has decided to take legal action over the Government’s decision to delay the authority’s local plan for over a year.

A quarter of councils yet to submit a Local Plan

24/01/2019

A quarter of local authorities have yet to submit a Local Plan six years after being required to act, new research has revealed.

Leader denies decision to step down related to local plan defeat

04/04/2018

The leader of South Oxfordshire District Council has denied his decision to step down before the local elections is related to the authority’s local plan.

Javid claims local government is facing ‘looming crisis in confidence’

04/07/2017

Councils have been warned they are facing a ‘looming crisis in confidence’ in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire by communities secretary Sajid Javid.

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