Changes to the key objectives that local plans must meet and a strengthened emphasis on ‘beauty’ are among the proposed alterations to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) that relate to plan-making.
The government has approved the London Plan, which sets out the economic, environmental, transport and social framework for development across the capital, more than a year after the mayor’s office submitted it.
Planning inspectors have criticised York City Council for a 24-day delay in publishing a letter they had earlier sent regarding the progress of their examination of the city’s troubled local plan.
Five emerging local plans in England were either withdrawn from examination or found unsound in 2020, more than twice the number of any other year since the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was introduced, research by Planning shows.
Housing minister Christopher Pincher has said he will “consider” seeking explanations from individual councils on why they have failed to produce local plans in a timely fashion and warned that the government is “committed to using all powers available” to “ensure that progress on plan making is maintained”.
Newcastle Under Lyme Borough Council will prepare its own local plan and has formally withdrawn from a joint local plan with Stoke-On-Trent City Council, citing “major change” arising from Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic as the grounds for its decision.
Three north Essex councils will have to begin the process of identifying adequate land to make up for the deletion of two garden communities totalling 34,000 homes from their joint local plan, after a planning inspector backed the adoption of the document without the two proposed settlements.
Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council’s cabinet has been asked to consider the preparation of its own borough plan, after working on a joint plan with Stoke-on-Trent City Council for seven years.
A developer has announced plans for a 25,000-home “zero-carbon community” on land in South Cambridgeshire as part of a local plan call for sites.
A Hampshire council has published a revised version of its emerging local plan with lower homes targets in response to the government’s proposed changes to its standard method of assessing housing need.