The Housing White Paper's proposed changes (see related links) will make the local plan process much more complicated, time consuming and ineffective.
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.
I write with pleasure to thank the government for introducing permitted development rights for farmers.
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.
Planners are not valuers, so can be excused for believing that viability assessments are accurate valuations.
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.
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.
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).
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?
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.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has confirmed that a proposed 20 per cent rise in planning fees will go ahead in July, after an error in a departmental publication published last week suggested that it had been delayed until the autumn.
Housebuilder Bloor Homes has submitted outline proposals for up to 1,400 homes on a site on the eastern edge of Luton.
The Neighbourhood Planning Bill is awaiting Royal Assent after peers yesterday agreed to MPs' amendments to the legislation.
Reports that plans to develop a 'mega-basement' beneath an orangery in the grounds of Kensington Palace have provoked local 'outrage' feature in today's newspaper round-up.
MPs have recommended that the Equality and Human Rights Commission undertake a formal investigation into whether the Planning Inspectorate has approved local plans which pay 'insufficient regard to the needs of disabled people', in breach of its statutory duties.
Moves to take Bradford City Council's local plan core strategy to adoption face further delays following Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to call a snap general election.
The government's bid to delay publication of its draft air quality plan until the end of June will be considered at a specially convened High Court hearing on Thursday, according to information from environmental legal activists ClientEarth.
- Principal Planning Officer Mendip District Council Shepton Mallet, Somerset
- Senior Planning Officer (Enforcement) (007432) - External Stoke-on-Trent City Council Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
- Principal Planning Officer (Development Management) Bracknell Forest Borough Council Bracknell, Berkshire
- Senior Planners RPS Abingdon, Bristol & Leeds
- Senior Planning Officer (Enforcement) Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire