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One Year's Transition Not Enough to Meet NPPF Requirement to Adopt Local Plan, Says POS

Date: 5/3/2013

It seems that more than half the councils in England havew yet to adopt a local plan by 1 April as required by the NPPF.

Data held by the government's Planning Inspectorate and exclusively obtained by Inside Housing, reveals that 185 councils have not yet adopted an updated local plan, despite having to comply with the new planning regime by 1 April. Of those, 104 have not updated their plans since 2010 and have not yet produced a plan which is publicly available.

Malcolm Sharp, President of the Planning Officers Society, said "a year's transition period was not long enough to complete the local plan process. Planning authorities are being asked to do local plans, support neighbourhoods, put the community infrastructure levy in place and negotiate infrastructure delivery - it's a big ask on them to keep all the balls in the air."

 

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