Citiesmode has been working with the Planning Advisory Service on a series of cases about Local Plans where they have posed the question: “can you tell us what ‘good’ looks like?”
There is a reluctance to label any plan as ‘good’ both from the Planning Inspectorate, and from local authorities themselves. So what can we do? This research takes a look at recently adopted local plans and asks four simple questions.
- How does the plan make best use of land?
- Does the plan demonstrate a clear narrative in first identifying and then tackling the issues?
- How does the plan promote a diversity of suppliers and developers?
- How does the plan contribute to the delivery of strategic objectives?
These questions are informed by the Housing White Paper proposal to ensure plans deliver and can respond to challenges.
Each case study looks at the Inspectors Report, the adopted local plan, and key evidence used to identify sites, along with other evidence highlighted by the Inspector as particularly useful in dealing with any of the questions we have asked. We highlight what good looks and what other authorities can learn from it relevant to their context.