Local Plan adoption deadlines confirmed

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Local Plan adoption deadlines confirmed

July 2015

local plan adoption deadlines

Local Planning Authorities (LPA’s) have been provided with a deadline to get their Local Plans in place. 

In a letter from DCLG Minister Brandon Lewis (21 July 2015), LPA’s without an adopted Local Plan have been charged to accelerate the production of the document. The Minister has stated that DCLG will intervene and arrange for a plan to be written in cases where no Local Plan is in place by early 2017 (five years after the publication of the NPPF).

In further seeking to reduce delay, Mr Lewis confirms that where Local Plans have reached examination, an early review of the Local Plan should be permitted. This would enable matters, which are not critical to the plan’s soundness or legal competence, to be addressed at later date through the review. 

Mr Lewis believes that the such measures will “help to accelerate housebuilding over the next five years, provide certainty for local residents and enterprises, and contribute to the Government’s long-term economic plan”.

DGLG has written to the Planning Inspectorate confirming the above and setting out further information on how to handle Local Plan examinations. 

The industry is however concerned by DCLG’s recent statement. Concerns have been raised over allowing LPA’s to go a further two years without a Local Plan in place. In addition scepticism exists as to whether the “early reviews” will actually take place and fully address the deficiencies in the existing plan; most crucially, whether housing numbers will be rectified. 

For further detail, please contact Liberty Stones MRTPI on 01530 567478 email liberty.stones@fishergerman.co.uk

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