Published: 20th Jan 2021

The housing minister has warned a ‘small number’ of local authorities are not keeping their local plans up to date. According to the government, nine in 10 local planning authorities have now adopted a local plan, but ‘many of them’ are not being kept up-to-date. In March 2020, the government set a deadline of December 2023 for all councils to have up-to-date Local Plans in place. In a written statement to parliament, housing minister Christopher Pincher said he will consider contacting those authorities ‘where delays to plan-making have occurred to discuss the reasons why this has happened and actions to be undertaken’. ‘It is critical that work should continue to advance local plans through to adoption by the end of 2023 to help ensure that the economy can rebound strongly from the Covid-19 pandemic,’ added the minister. ‘Completing local plans will help to ensure that we can build back better … (To read the full article, subscribe below)