Hark back to days when planning policy was brief

Sir Peter Hall's reference to the binding legal agreement that prevents construction of a second runway at Gatwick Airport until 2019 (Planning, 21 October, p40) - a move that would in any case arouse organised opposition in the South East - prompts me to write.

The former county planning officer for West Sussex, Peter Bryant, and the members of the early 1970s Crawley-Gatwick sub-regional study team and their partners have met up in November for the past ten years, travelling from various parts of the country, to share a meal at a curry house in Bognor Regis and reminisce about old times when national planning policy was under 60 pages and decisions were made locally.

This year we celebrated 40 years from the inception of the Chichester-based team. Is this a record for planning reunions?

Roger Stow, Somerset.


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