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.
I wonder how many readers come across planning applications for 'holiday park' cabin-style developments.
A planning application has been submitted for a new 2.2-kilometre mass transit system linking Luton Airport Parkway rail station with Luton Airport.
A Cheshire authority has amended a parish council's proposed neighbourhood plan area to exclude a new garden village.
A north London borough has approved plans for 226 homes as part of a mixed-use redevelopment of a 1.44-hectare site within an existing housing estate, after planners concluded that the scheme would deliver both 'affordable and private housing in a sustainable location'.
Plans are due to be submitted for what its backers claim would be Liverpool's tallest building - a 530 home, 48-storey tower within the buffer zone boundary of the city's World Heritage Site.
Reports that the UK's most senior judge 'is among neighbours battling plans' for a basement extension in their London mews feature in today's newspaper round-up.
News that Milton Keynes has published a draft of its new local plan, including a target to see 26,500 new homes built over the period 2016 to 2031, features in the latest Local Plan Watch update.
Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that the communities secretary has approved 750 homes at a site in Staffordshire, against an inspector's recommendation for refusal.
- Group Manager Planning and Building Control Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Southend, Southend-on-Sea
- Planning Technician/Assistant Planning Officer/Planning Officer Hastings Borough Council Hastings, East Sussex
- Principal Town Planner – Bristol Allen & York Ltd Bristol
- Business Unit Leader for Planning Policy and Economy Mid Sussex District Council Haywards Heath, West Sussex
- RTPI Planner / Strategic Planner Persimmon Homes Witham, Essex