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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 measures in the Housing White Paper to 'free up more land for new homes in the right places, speed up build-out by encouraging modern methods of construction and diversify who builds homes in the country', will form part of the government's legislative agenda for the coming parliament.

High Court quashes approval of 400 homes at Derbyshire hall

High Court quashes approval of 400 homes at Derbyshire hall

An inspector's decision to allow plans for up to 400 new homes close to a historic mansion in Derbyshire has been overturned by the High Court, after a judge found that he had taken an 'artificially narrow approach' in assessing harm to the setting of heritage assets.

Queen's Speech confines white paper action to non-legislative changes

Queen's Speech confines white paper action to non-legislative changes

The government has pledged to take forward a series of commitments in the Housing White Paper, but documents published alongside this week's Queen's Speech suggest that the action will be confined to non-legislative changes.

Flats in luxury block to be released for fire survivors

Flats in luxury block to be released for fire survivors

Reports that 68 flats in a luxury apartment complex are to be made available to families displaced by the Grenfell Tower fire feature in today's newspaper round-up.

Inspector backs council over 96-home north London refusal

Inspector backs council over 96-home north London refusal

Plans for a 96-home development in north London have been blocked by a planning inspector because of a lack of affordable housing.

Tougher parking restrictions mooted in London mayor's draft transport plan

Tougher parking restrictions mooted in London mayor's draft transport plan

Plans to introduce tougher car parking restrictions in new developments in London, including making those best-served by public transport completely car-free, have been revealed in the mayor's new draft transport strategy.

Grenfell disaster 'should prompt radical housing policy overhaul'

Grenfell disaster 'should prompt radical housing policy overhaul'

A call for the Grenfell Tower disaster to prompt a 'radical' housing policy overhaul features in today's newspaper round-up.

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