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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.

The jury's still out on the Thames Tideway Tunnel

I am writing in connection with Ben Kochan's article of 27 November 2015 (see related articles) about the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

Persistence rewarded on refused barn conversion

I wrote earlier this year (see related articles) about the government's introduction of permitted development (PD) rights for agricultural-to-residential conversions.

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Policy revisions 'responsible for dip in homes delivered on exception sites'

Policy revisions 'responsible for dip in homes delivered on exception sites'

Observers have attributed a sharp drop in the number of affordable homes delivered on rural exception sites to recent policy shifts that made landowners fear that housing delivered on such sites would not remain affordable in perpetuity.

Devon council approves its 'largest ever' planning application

Devon council approves its 'largest ever' planning application

A Devon council has approved its 'largest planning application ever' which would see up to 1,350 homes built at a 90-hectare site to the south west of Exeter.

Javid blocks South Devon AONB wind turbine

Javid blocks South Devon AONB wind turbine

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has refused permission for plans to build a single wind turbine within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), ruling that the benefits of the proposal would be outweigh by harm to the AONB and the setting of a number of heritage assets.

Barking mixed-use regeneration approved despite 'unacceptable' lack of affordable homes

Barking mixed-use regeneration approved despite 'unacceptable' lack of affordable homes

Plans have been approved for a major mixed-use regeneration scheme in east London which could provide up to 900 homes, despite the developer's 'unacceptable' claim that no affordable housing can be provided as the scheme is not currently viable.

Greater Manchester council stays on board strategic framework process

Greater Manchester council stays on board strategic framework process

Stockport Council has fended off a bid from Liberal Democrat councillors to pull the authority out of the process for preparing a strategic plan for Greater Manchester.

Firm plans Cornwall lithium extraction

Firm plans Cornwall lithium extraction

Reports that a mining company wants to create a lithium industry in Cornwall 'after snapping up the rights to drill for the mineral and extract it from hot underground brine' feature in today's newspaper round-up.

10 things you need to know

10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that the government has said it is 'keen to engage' on controversial measures in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill to restrict the use of pre-commencement conditions during the bill's progress through the House of Lords.

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