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Letter: Permitted development rights homes are no longer fit for humans

No doubt readers have mixed views about our new Prime Minister's housing record during his eight-year tenure as mayor of London. Boris Johnson's contribution to the size and quality of London's new housing is surely among his least controversial legacies.

Letter: Onshore wind energy is hamstrung by the NPPF

The government's commitment to its 2050 net zero carbon emissions target has been widely welcomed. But to make this more than an outgoing Prime Minister's parting gesture, this needs to be matched with a clear and coordinated action plan.

Letter: Placemaking remains key to wellbeing of people

The Building Better Building Beautiful Commission's interim report (PlanningResource, 9 July) rightly places great emphasis on the value of placemaking rather than just housebuilding, and argues that beauty should be considered in relation to buildings and places.

Letter: Not fair to call property developers levy shirkers

It was disappointing to see headlines (see related articles at bottom of page) last month referring to property developers no longer being able to (to use planning minister Kit Malthouse's phrase) 'shirk responsibilities' on the back of new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) rules published by the government.

Letter: Don't bank on developer contribution changes

It is a nonsense for housing minister Kit Malthouse to suggest that the government's changes to developer contributions (see related articles at bottom of page) will make the system simpler or accelerate the pace of housing provision.

Letter: Technology supports smart use of land

There has been a quiet revolution taking place within property development. The digitalisation of land and property data is now enabling real estate professionals to tap into large amounts of data to better understand where they can and cannot build.

Letter: Gateshead is using permission in principle

Your article on permission in principle (PIP) (PlanningResource, 6 June) stated that (based on research from the Campaign to Protect Rural England) only four local authorities had granted PIP through a brownfield register.

Letter: Could air quality zone undermine London's housing goals?

Catriona Riddell's column (see Related Articles at foot of article) focuses on whether the primary objective of planmaking should be wellbeing in terms of providing the right types of housing, air quality improvement and so on, rather than how many housing units can be provided.

Letter: Over-inflated housing targets driving local opposition

Your editorial (see related articles) on the local election results suggests it is hard it is for central and local government 'to plan necessary development while retaining local residents' consent'.

Letter: Why I decided to break law over climate change

After a lifetime of paying my taxes, avoiding parking fines and generally obeying the law, a few weeks ago I defied an order to leave an Extinction Rebellion protest area, was arrested, went back, was arrested again and charged. In the back of a Black Maria I found myself face-to-face with a consultant from one of the top planning and transport consultancies who had just committed a similar offence.

Latest PlanningResource News

Johnson 'keen to start HS2 in north and postpone the southern section'

Johnson 'keen to start HS2 in north and postpone the southern section'

A report that the Prime Minister is in favour of starting the planned High Speed Two (HS2) line in the north of England and postponing the London to Birmingham branch features in today's newspaper round-up.

Liverpool FC announces Anfield revamp consent will lapse to allow bigger expansion

Liverpool FC announces Anfield revamp consent will lapse to allow bigger expansion

Liverpool Football Club has announced that it will allow a five-year-old planning permission to increase the capacity of one of its Anfield stadium stands to lapse because it wants to submit plans for an even bigger expansion.

Doncaster consults on plan with housing target 60 per cent higher than standard method

Doncaster consults on plan with housing target 60 per cent higher than standard method

A Yorkshire council is consulting on a draft local plan that proposes a housing target almost 60 per cent higher than its local need figure as calculated using the government's new standard method.

Plans for 261 'low quality' homes refused by Hampshire council despite land supply shortfall

Plans for 261 'low quality' homes refused by Hampshire council despite land supply shortfall

Fareham Borough Council has refused planning permission for 261 homes on farming land on 21 grounds, including the proposal's "adverse visual effect on the countryside" and "low quality", which the authority says outweigh its lack of a five-year housing land supply.

Wycombe adopts local plan after inspector backs green belt and AONB release

Wycombe adopts local plan after inspector backs green belt and AONB release

Wycombe District Council has adopted its local plan after an inspector recommended a nine per cent increase in its housing target and backed the document's proposed release of 10 sites from the green belt and 12 sites from an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) for new development.

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 three councils have submitted the first five-year housing land supply Annual Position Statements (APSs) for examination, with six more in the pipeline.

Local Plan Watch: Three key plan updates you may have missed

Local Plan Watch: Three key plan updates you may have missed

Here are three key stories on updates to local plans from the past fortnight, including an inspector warning a Hertfordshire council that it may need to be withdraw its draft strategy if there are further delays to its examination.

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