Sevenoaks and Tonbridge & Malling are two of 21 authorities that could be in the spotlight as the Government seeks to put Local Plans and their progress under increased scrutiny. Not surprisingly, the majority of the local authorities with the greatest risk of delay are those in the metropolitan green belt around London where pressure on housing land supply is at its greatest.
The Kent duo are joined by Brentwood, Chelmsford, Epping Forest, Rochford and Uttlesford in Essex, as well as Epsom and Ewell, Guildford, Mole Valley, Tandridge and Waverley in Surrey. Other authorities at risk of intervention can be found in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Derbyshire, Hampshire Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire.
NLP's report identified that of the 139 plans submitted for examination since the introduction of the NPPF back in March 2012, approximately two-thirds have been found sound, with 30 per cent of these requiring an immediate or early review.
The research also found that fewer than a third of local planning authorities outside London have an up-to-date NPPF-compliant plan.
Of 25 plans withdrawn, 44 per cent were on the main ground of housing numbers, and a further 36 per cent failed to meet the duty to cooperate.
What does it mean for the Kent duo? Almost certainly a busy time and more pressure for their respective planning departments and politicians.