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Letter: Urgent guidance needed on future of temporary Class P development right

I appreciate that the government may be somewhat distracted by other matters at this time, but I am puzzled that there has been no indication from Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) regarding the review of Class P (Class B8 Storage use to Class C3 Residential) permitted development rights.

Letter: CIL article underlines basic flaw in levy system

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 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).

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Johnson moots plans for Anglo-French bridge across Channel

Johnson moots plans for Anglo-French bridge across Channel

Foreign secretary Boris Johnson has suggested that a bridge could be built across the Channel to link England and France.

Councillor fined by her own authority for planning breach

Councillor fined by her own authority for planning breach

A report that a councillor has been fined by her own authority after a planning breach features in today's newspaper round-up

Blackman-Woods returns to shadow planning minister role

Blackman-Woods returns to shadow planning minister role

Roberta Blackman-Woods has returned to her role as Labour's shadow planning minister following a reshuffle on the opposition benches.

UKIP council faces intervention threat after voting to reject local plan

UKIP council faces intervention threat after voting to reject local plan

Thanet District Council in Kent faces the prospect of government intervention after councillors yesterday voted to refuse approval of its draft local plan.

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 senior Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government civil servant has said that the government hopes to consult on the new revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) by the end of March.

Legal Viewpoint: Rooftop notification error leads to quashing of consent

Legal Viewpoint: Rooftop notification error leads to quashing of consent

Planning applications for rooftop extensions are increasingly popular, especially in densely populated cities where not enough land is being brought forward for new housing. A planning application can be made by anyone, even someone without an interest in the land, and without first obtaining consent from the owner.

Armitt confirmed as permanent chair of National Infrastructure Commission

Armitt confirmed as permanent chair of National Infrastructure Commission

Sir John Armitt CBE has been announced as the new permanent chairman of the government's infrastructure advisory body, replacing Lord Adonis who resigned last month.

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