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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?

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.

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Industrial strategy should require sub-regional spatial planning, says government-backed report

Industrial strategy should require sub-regional spatial planning, says government-backed report

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.

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PINS apologises for inspector's 'unprofessional' language in decision letter

PINS apologises for inspector's 'unprofessional' language in decision letter

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'.

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Plans for new prisons in Yorkshire and Wales announced by government

Plans for new prisons in Yorkshire and Wales announced by government

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.

Council to revoke Lidl supermarket approval after 'mistake'

Council to revoke Lidl supermarket approval after 'mistake'

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.

Cameron's road building schemes 'could be cancelled'

Cameron's road building schemes 'could be cancelled'

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 announces ten 'Heritage Action Zones'

Historic England announces ten 'Heritage Action Zones'

Historic England has announced the creation of ten new 'Heritage Action Zones' which will receive specialist support on heritage matters from the government watchdog.

GLA strategic planning chief to address London conference next week

GLA strategic planning chief to address London conference next week

The Greater London Authority's strategic planning manager Colin Wilson is among the speakers confirmed for a major planning conference in London next week.

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