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.
I wonder how many readers come across planning applications for 'holiday park' cabin-style developments.
I am writing in connection with Ben Kochan's article of 27 November 2015 (see related articles) about the Thames Tideway Tunnel.
I wrote earlier this year (see related articles) about the government's introduction of permitted development (PD) rights for agricultural-to-residential conversions.
As an architect, I read Peter Bill's provocative piece "How to stop shoddy design before it hits the street" (see related article below) with some interest.
Reaction to the news that the government has come down on the side of expanding Heathrow to increase airport capacity in the South East dominates today's newspaper round-up.
A session examining what the UK's Brexit vote means for plan-making will form part of a conference agenda in December.
Former Liberal Democrat business secretary Vince Cable is among the speakers confirmed for this year's Institute of Economic Development (IED) conference.
Full reaction to this morning's announcement that the government has backed a third runway at Heathrow, including threats of legal action from nearby local authorities and the London mayor.
Plans have been unveiled to double the size of the Brent Cross shopping centre in north London.
A committee of ministers has selected Heathrow expansion as its preferred option for airport expansion in the South East, the government has confirmed.
A neighbourhood plan for a Derbyshire parish has been overwhelmingly rejected in a local referendum after the parish council's neighbourhood plan steering group campaigned for a 'no' vote following a dispute with the borough council.
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