I believe that SoS is still recovering appeals for housing schemes >10 houses where a NP has reached submission stage (submission to the LPA, ahead of examination). It then becomes an issue for the appeal but obviously an up to date Local Plan with a proven 5 year housing land supply provides the strongest context (and thankfully was the situation in our case, leading to one live appeal being withdrawn at that point and another refused scheme not being appealed at all). These things have a habit of changing with time though, so if in our LP area the 5 year HLS drops in future then its possible there will be fresh interest in new applications.
A NP which has not even reached submission stage carries next to no weight at all. A local appeal was allowed on that basis as we’d only just started preparing the NP at that point. The local after effect of that appeal decision was sudden and rapid pressure to get the NP to submission, as you can imagine!