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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

NPPF viability test hindering councils' affordable homes provision, says TCPA report

NPPF viability test hindering councils' affordable homes provision, says TCPA report

Almost two-thirds of councils say the National Planning Policy Framework's (NPPF's) viability test has thwarted their ability to secure adequate affordable housing for their area, according to a new survey.

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Rhetoric of community empowerment is failing to match reality, says report

Rhetoric of community empowerment is failing to match reality, says report

The 'rhetoric of community empowerment and engagement and the reality on the ground is a cause of great frustration' for communities, a report on barriers to community engagement in planning has concluded.

Judge orders travellers to leave Surrey green belt site

Judge orders travellers to leave Surrey green belt site

A High Court judge has told a group of travellers who unlawfully occupied an area of green belt land in Surrey to leave the site within 14 days.

Heseltine backs gardening to drive urban renewal

Heseltine backs gardening to drive urban renewal

A call from former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine that 'gardening should be part of a national industrial strategy to revive Britain's inner cities' features in today's newspaper round-up.

Plans submitted for 40-storey Manchester tower

Plans submitted for 40-storey Manchester tower

Plans have been submitted for 756-home development, including a 40-storey tower, on the northern edge of Manchester city centre.

Green light for 35-storey, 514-home Croydon town centre scheme

Green light for 35-storey, 514-home Croydon town centre scheme

Plans for a mixed-use development up to 35 storeys high and including 514 new homes have been approved by a south London council, despite the proposal falling short of the local authority's affordable housing requirement.

Plans approved for Ebbsfleet industrial scheme

Plans approved for Ebbsfleet industrial scheme

Plans have been approved for a 21,500 square metre employment scheme on a brownfield site within the area of the proposed Ebbsfleet Garden City in Kent, after planners concluded that the development would 'stimulate and act as a catalyst for inward investment'.

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