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.
Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that a High Court judge has ruled that a planning inspector acted 'unfairly' when calculating whether a Berkshire council could demonstrate a five-year housing land supply.
Councils in England must now have regard to post-examination neighbourhood development plans (NDPs) as a material consideration in determining planning applications, under regulations in force from last week.
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has refused an application for a wind farm in Cornwall after agreeing with an inspector that the scheme's 'extensive and weighty' benefits would not outweigh harm to heritage assets and it would breach local planning policy.
Government plans to outlaw leaseholds on new-build houses could hold back delivery of new affordable housing, a representative body for the community-led housing sector has warned.
A claim that, despite measures announced by the government yesterday to crack down on traffic pollution, we 'will soon be building new roads and motorways again' features in today's newspaper round-up.
Local authorities will have to bring forward plans to improve air quality within eight months and produce final plans by the end of 2018, according to the government's air quality plan which was published today.
- Planning Consultant Macdonald & Co London (central)
- Principal Planner (Development Management) Fareham Borough Council Fareham, Hampshire
- Director of Planning and Regulatory Services Maldon District Council Essex
- Principal Planning Officer (Policy) Bracknell Forest Borough Council Bracknell, Berkshire
- Senior Planner Durrants Ltd Diss, Norfolk