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Letter: Habitats regulation assessment ruling needs serious analysis

I read with interest the recent article on the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on habitats regulation assessment matters (see related articles).

Letter: Still a long haul ahead for Heathrow's third runway

The Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) has reached the equivalent of its stopover. Its journey is far from over. The last time government published a national policy supporting a third runway at Heathrow was December 2003.

Letter: Tall buildings may not meet London's needs

By any planning policy metrics, tall residential buildings perform very badly. Some suggest that they have "a role to play" in housing delivery, but where is the evidence that they help to create the kind of city that Londoners want, let alone the housing they need?

Letter: Study recommendations only 'starters for ten'

Your article (see related articles below) revealed a variety of views about the recent study by GL Hearn and Wood plc. As you suggest, it has stirred up political sensitivities between local authorities with very diff erent interests in the outcome.

Letter: Welcome bid to address public-private tension

New efforts to bridge the gap between public and private planning expertise through the Public Practice scheme (see related articles below) promise a much-needed boost.

Time to ring the changes to advertising tests after phone kiosk chaos

You report that there has been a huge rise in the number of prior approval applications and appeals for phone kiosks, and that the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) says that these are partly responsible for delays to its work (see related articles).

Government is failing to address real reasons for new homes shortage

Sir. With its draft revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework, consultation on which closed last week, the government looks set to repeat some of the great planning disasters of the past.

Letter: NPPF change will thwart the plan-led system

The proposed National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) revisions contain a relatively subtle - but potentially significant - change to the definition of deliverability, insofar as this relates to housing.

Letter: Recruitment at root of PINS problems

Lengthening appeal delays at the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) are not only due to poor pay and poor morale as reported by Richard Tamplin in his letter and your article last week (see related articles, below). It's due to a deliberate bad recruitment policy.

Latest PlanningResource News

10 key things that happened this week

10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that proposals for three new garden communities in Essex have been found 'unsound' by a planning inspector who concluded that key aspects of the delivery plan for the schemes required 'significant' further work.

Neighbourhood Watch: Government announces neighbourhood plan support for councils

Neighbourhood Watch: Government announces neighbourhood plan support for councils

The government has announced new grant funding for councils to support neighbourhood planning activity in their areas, including £20,000 to help organise local referendums on draft plans.

Latest application figures show 11 per cent hike on home approvals

Latest application figures show 11 per cent hike on home approvals

The number of prospective new homes granted planning permission by English councils increased by 11 per cent over the last financial year, according to government figures issued today.

Judge overturns planning approval for estate regeneration scheme over equality concerns

Judge overturns planning approval for estate regeneration scheme over equality concerns

A High Court judge has quashed a planning approval for a controversial estate regeneration scheme in Bath after he concluded that the council had failed to meet statutory duties under the Equality Act 2010.

Staffordshire urban extension passed despite local objections

Staffordshire urban extension passed despite local objections

Plans for an urban extension to a Staffordshire town have been granted planning permission for a second time, despite attracting hundreds of local objections.

Henderson to leave TCPA for new National Housing Federation role

Henderson to leave TCPA for new National Housing Federation role

Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) chief executive Kate Henderson has been appointed as the new chief executive of trade body the National Housing Federation (NHF).

Grenfell council 'acted like developer masquerading as local authority'

Grenfell council 'acted like developer masquerading as local authority'

A claim that the council responsible for the Grenfell Tower acted like 'property developers masquerading as a local authority' ahead of the fire that destroyed the building features in today's newspaper round-up.

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