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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.

Latest PlanningResource News

10 things you need to know

10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that a High Court judge has ruled that a planning inspector acted 'unfairly' when calculating whether a Berkshire council could demonstrate a five-year housing land supply.

Neighbourhood Watch: Post-referendum plans given effect

Neighbourhood Watch: Post-referendum plans given effect

Councils in England must now have regard to post-examination neighbourhood development plans (NDPs) as a material consideration in determining planning applications, under regulations in force from last week.

Javid refuses 11-turbine Cornwall wind farm

Javid refuses 11-turbine Cornwall wind farm

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has refused an application for a wind farm in Cornwall after agreeing with an inspector that the scheme's 'extensive and weighty' benefits would not outweigh harm to heritage assets and it would breach local planning policy.

Community housing sector warns over government's proposed leasehold ban

Community housing sector warns over government's proposed leasehold ban

Government plans to outlaw leaseholds on new-build houses could hold back delivery of new affordable housing, a representative body for the community-led housing sector has warned.

Driverless cars 'will herald new age of road building'

Driverless cars 'will herald new age of road building'

A claim that, despite measures announced by the government yesterday to crack down on traffic pollution, we 'will soon be building new roads and motorways again' features in today's newspaper round-up.

Key London Plan housing benchmarks missed

Key London Plan housing benchmarks missed

The delivery of new homes in London in 2015/16 was nine per cent below a 42,000 annual monitoring target contained within the London Plan, according to a Greater London Authority report.

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Government sets timetable for delivery of local authority air quality plans

Government sets timetable for delivery of local authority air quality plans

Local authorities will have to bring forward plans to improve air quality within eight months and produce final plans by the end of 2018, according to the government's air quality plan which was published today.

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