Councils to deliver local plan by 2017

Councils will have until early 2017 to produce a local plan before they have it taken out of their hands, according to a recent statement from Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis.

Councils have been given a deadline of “early 2017” to produce local plans, according to a recent statement from housing minister Brandon Lewis.

The minister’s statement said, in cases where no local plan has been “produced” by early 2017, the government will intervene to arrange for the plan to be written, in consultation with local people, to accelerate production”.

Details of what plan-making stage the government requires councils to have reached in order to avoid intervention have yet to be released.

Questions have also been raised over who will produce the plans once the government intervenes and how ministers intend to process the work.

The statement made by Lewis also confirmed that planning guidance will be strengthened “to ensure that housing and infrastructure needs are identified and planned for”.

The measures set out will potentially “help to accelerate house building over the next five years”.