- Clause 129 would enable the SoS (or the Mayor of London and presumably the future Mayor of Greater Manchester) to direct a LPA to amend its, LDS, which sets out the DPDs that the LPA intend to produce and the timetable for their production.
- Clause 130 would enable the SoS, in instances where someone has been appointed to conduct an independent examination of a LPA's development plan, to give directions to that person.
- Clause 131 would enable the SoS to intervene in the development plan process and direct that the plan be submitted to him or her for approval.
- Clause 132 supplements the powers that the SoS currently has to amend development plans where he or she believes there to have been a failure in the process of preparing the plan.
- Clause 133 would enable the Mayor of London or a combined authority to prepare a development plan document for a LPA within their area where that LPA has not done so already.
- Of 126 submitted or examined plans since the NPPF was published in March 2012, 20 of the 62 plans that have been found sound require an immediate or early review, the majority being to address issues of housing needs and supply.
- Of 43 plans undergoing the examination process at that time 14 required modifications relating to housing numbers.
- 21 of the 126 submitted plans were withdrawn, 12 because of issues relating to housing numbers and 7 because of a failure to meet the duty-to-cooperate (DtC).
It would surely be better for these matters of housing need and cooperation to be dealt with at the outset of the local plan process by way of regular OBR forecasting and requirements set at the housing market area level (which accounts for two of the ten very good suggestions for increasing housing supply in England in this piece by Glen Bramley), but there is nothing to indicate that planning policy or guidance will be heading back in this direction. So what then chance of getting to 100% local plan coverage?