A planning inspector vetoed two garden community proposals totalling 34,000 new homes in a local plan because he considered them to be neither viable nor deliverable. Some critics say the local plan system struggles to accommodate such large settlements, but others argue it is essential that the deliverability of such schemes is robustly probed.
The three councils that make up the West of England Combined Authority are intending to collaborate on drawing up a high-level spatial strategy following the failure earlier this year of the region’s joint spatial plan.
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has allowed an appeal for a 500-home scheme in the Oxfordshire green belt after giving “significant weight” to support for the proposal in an emerging neighbourhood plan.
A Hampshire council has adopted its local plan after making a series of changes recommended by a planning inspector, including a nine per cent increase to its housing target and dropping a policy supporting a 5,000-home new settlement.
Plans for the delivery of up to 4,200 homes are included in a new masterplan for the regeneration of Basildon town centre in Essex.
Housing delivery in Greater Manchester is being ‘paralysed’ due to delays besetting the city region’s spatial framework, a North West planning consultant has warned.
So far this year, three councils have seen their draft local plans derailed at examination because they failed to meet the legal duty to cooperate. Early engagement and demonstrating co-operation with both neighbours and government bodies through statements of common ground are key to avoid such problems, say practitioners.
The impact of the coronavirus outbreak is likely to become a key issue in assessing whether councils can demonstrate a five-year housing land supply, particularly in relation to whether sites are ‘deliverable’, a planning consultancy has said.
Population projections for England published last month reveal variations in the rate and distribution of growth that will have major implications for the way housing numbers are handled by local authorities, commentators are suggesting.
Thanet District Council’s local plan has been found sound by inspectors pending an early review, two years after the authority was threatened with central government intervention for taking too long in preparing the strategy.