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 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?
Plans for what would be one of the UK's tallest buildings have been approved in Croydon, despite Greater London Authority (GLA) concerns over a 'wholly unacceptable' lack of affordable housing.
A planning inspector has granted permission for nearly 300 homes in Northumberland, after finding that the recent withdrawal of the authority's core strategy from examination and its lack of a five-year housing supply had left a 'vacuum', resulting in 'little planned basis on which to identify suitable locations for development'.
A new package of measures intended to simplify and speed up the compulsory purchase process has been introduced by the government.
A Cheshire council has declared five new zones where pollution exceeds government targets as a result of correcting air quality data that was underreported in mysterious circumstances, Planning can reveal.
A claim that protecting so much green belt land is a luxury we can no longer afford features in today's newspaper round-up.
Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including Planning's in-depth coverage of the government's housing need consultation.
There was a decrease of 790 hectares (less than 0.05 per cent) in the area of green belt in England between 31 March 2016 and 31 March 2017.
- Senior Urban Design Officer Guildford Borough Council Guildford, Surrey
- Senior Planning Policy Officer South Oxfordshire District Council & Vale of White Horse District Council Oxfordshire
- BUILDINGS FOR MISSION SECRETARY The Church of England Diocese of Durham Durham (City/Town)
- Head of Planning Selby District Council Selby, North Yorkshire
- Senior & Principal Planning Officers Brent Council Aylesbury