The Housing White Paper's proposed changes (see related links) will make the local plan process much more complicated, time consuming and ineffective.
Richard Garlick's point (see related articles) about correcting a system that favours the landowner by basing viability tests on existing use values is fine in isolation. But we have created the system by steadfastly refusing to consider greenfield development - which in the South East means green belt - and a continued lack of development plans.
I write with pleasure to thank the government for introducing permitted development rights for farmers.
There is no quick fix to the UK's housing crisis and the replacement of coordinated regional spatial planning with a 'bottom up' approach where local authorities rarely look beyond their own boundaries has been the death knell for many large scale development proposals.
Planners are not valuers, so can be excused for believing that viability assessments are accurate valuations.
As mayor of London, Ken Livingstone operated a pan-London 50 per cent affordable housing policy that was rarely achieved. Boris Johnson reversed this, giving discretion to the boroughs to determine an appropriate figure.
On reading Planning's article The 21 authorities in line for local plan intervention (Planning, 8 April 2016), I noted that my council, East Hertfordshire, was on the list.
The secretary of state's decision to approve a free school in North Devon (Casebook, 11 March, p20) appears to set a worrying precedent for other large-scale development proposals in areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs).
Tucked away on page 71 of last week's Budget report is a promise to support a new enterprise zone at Brierley Hill in Dudley. Is that to sort out the mess created by the original 1980s enterprise zone, when someone slipped a regional shopping centre through the net and wiped out the town's trade overnight?
As a company that make a reasonable number of pre-application enquiries, we're finding it increasingly difficult to explain to our clients why they should pay pre-application fees and then not receive responses from the planning authorities for many weeks. The longest we have waited to get a response to a pre-application enquiry was 12 months.
The government's industrial strategy should require all parts of the country to prepare sub-regional spatial plans and allow constrained urban areas to expand their boundaries, according to a new report endorsed by business secretary Greg Clark.1 comment
The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has issued an apology for a scathing decision letter that slammed a council's appeal cost application as 'pathetic' and 'frivolous'.11 comments
The government has announced that it is to submit planning applications for two new prisons at sites in Yorkshire and south Wales as part of its plans to create 10,000 new prison places across the country by 2020.
A planning permission allowing the demolition of a gym and a ten pin bowling alley and the construction of a new Lidl supermarket at a site in Birmingham has been revoked by the city council, after it recognised that there had been a 'mistake' in its handling of the application.
Reports that major roads projects could be cancelled due to problems caused by previous Prime Minister David Cameron 'rushing out a £11.4 billion roads strategy months before the 2015 general election' feature in today's newspaper round-up.
Historic England has announced the creation of ten new 'Heritage Action Zones' which will receive specialist support on heritage matters from the government watchdog.
The Greater London Authority's strategic planning manager Colin Wilson is among the speakers confirmed for a major planning conference in London next week.
- Principal Urban Design Officer Guildford Borough Council Guildford, Surrey
- Head of Planning and Development Ashford Borough Council Ashford
- Lead Planning Officer Cumbria County Council Cumbria
- Development Control and Countryside Manager Cumbria County Council Cumbria
- Planning Officer (policy) Christchurch and East Dorset Councils Dorset