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Letter: CIL article underlines basic flaw in levy system

Whilst your feature (see related articles, below) about the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) spend is fair in the circumstances, it underlines the basic weakness of CIL as compared with the Milton Keynes Tariff, from which it was derived.

The white paper does not solve fundamental issues

The Housing White Paper's proposed changes (see related links) will make the local plan process much more complicated, time consuming and ineffective.

A land tax is better than permitted development

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.

The PDR system can help with rural housing supply

I write with pleasure to thank the government for introducing permitted development rights for farmers.

Letter: Garden villages - a key part of the jigsaw that might just happen

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.

There is a clear solution to viability conundrum

Planners are not valuers, so can be excused for believing that viability assessments are accurate valuations.

Affordable pledge needs careful consideration

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.

Barn conversion process proved slow and painful

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.

Devon free school would set worrying precedent

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).

Dudley enterprise zone pledge to make amends?

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?

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Budget 2017: Government plans to deallocate sites with no prospect of delivery

Budget 2017: Government plans to deallocate sites with no prospect of delivery

The government is to consult on a proposal to take allocated sites out of local plans where 'there is no prospect' of a planning application being made for their intended use.

Budget 2017: HCA to get new planning powers in expanded role

Budget 2017: HCA to get new planning powers in expanded role

The government's housing and regeneration quango is to get new planning and compulsory purchase powers as part of an expanded role for the body, the chancellor announced in today's Budget.

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Budget 2017: Hammond announces extra £2.7bn for Housing Infrastructure Fund

Budget 2017: Hammond announces extra £2.7bn for Housing Infrastructure Fund

The government has committed to doubling the size of a key housing fund, intended to deliver infrastructure to ease the construction of new homes, to £5 billion.

Budget 2017: New town development corporations to kick-start five garden towns

Budget 2017: New town development corporations to kick-start five garden towns

The government will use new town development corporations to bring forward five new garden towns in areas of 'demand pressure' and will support more 'strategic and zonal planning approaches' in the South East, chancellor Philip Hammond has announced.

Budget 2017: Government to 'strengthen' housing delivery test

Budget 2017: Government to 'strengthen' housing delivery test

The government is to consult on measures 'strengthening' the housing white paper's housing delivery test so that, from 2020, the presumption in favour of sustainable development would apply in districts where delivery falls below 75 per cent of the local housing requirement, it has been announced.

Budget 2017: Chancellor moots change to infrastructure levy to capture land value uplift

Budget 2017: Chancellor moots change to infrastructure levy to capture land value uplift

The government will consult on proposals to remove section 106 pooling restrictions in some circumstances and make changes to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to allow town halls to set rates which 'better reflect the uplift in land values between a proposed and existing use', today's Budget has announced.

Homes approved on Worcestershire green belt hospital site

Homes approved on Worcestershire green belt hospital site

Outline plans for a mixed-use development including 600 homes have been approved at a former hospital site in the Worcestershire green belt.

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