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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?

Difficulty in explaining pre-application fees

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.

Exaggerated employment claims for small-scale development

I wonder how many readers come across planning applications for 'holiday park' cabin-style developments.

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Cheshire neighbourhood plan area amended to exclude garden village

Cheshire neighbourhood plan area amended to exclude garden village

A Cheshire authority has amended a parish council's proposed neighbourhood plan area to exclude a new garden village.

Go-ahead for 226 homes on north London estate

Go-ahead for 226 homes on north London estate

A north London borough has approved plans for 226 homes as part of a mixed-use redevelopment of a 1.44-hectare site within an existing housing estate, after planners concluded that the scheme would deliver both 'affordable and private housing in a sustainable location'.

Plans to be submitted for 'Liverpool's tallest building'

Plans to be submitted for 'Liverpool's tallest building'

Plans are due to be submitted for what its backers claim would be Liverpool's tallest building - a 530 home, 48-storey tower within the buffer zone boundary of the city's World Heritage Site.

Uk's top judge 'battling neighbour's basement extension plan'

Uk's top judge 'battling neighbour's basement extension plan'

Reports that the UK's most senior judge 'is among neighbours battling plans' for a basement extension in their London mews feature in today's newspaper round-up.

Local Plan Watch: Milton Keynes publishes draft local plan

Local Plan Watch: Milton Keynes publishes draft local plan

News that Milton Keynes has published a draft of its new local plan, including a target to see 26,500 new homes built over the period 2016 to 2031, features in the latest Local Plan Watch update.

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