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Latest Letters

Letter: Consultancies have sapped planning authorities of staff

I see from your last editorial that 52 per cent of consultancies plan to expand. Of the same group, 92 per cent then blame lack of resources in local authorities for constraining local plan production and slow decision-making on applications.

Letter: Freedom to demolish piece overlooked waste implications

In your feature on the proposed changes in the 'freedom to demolish' office buildings for replacement with residential structures, there was no mention of the waste of resources that demolition represents.

Letter: Government's design guide hands councils 70 pages of reasons for refusal

Whilst you cannot argue against the need for good design and the new National Design Guide is a good handbook, the government has handed planning authorities 70 pages of reasons for refusal.

Letter: Bristol highway scheme needs proper assessment

Congratulations on such a great picture and key facts re Bristol City Council's crass consultation on three highway schemes for the so called Western Harbour.

Letter: Government's special measures criteria are unfair to authorities who determine fewer applications

You named the Peak District National Park as among the authorities that did not reach the threshold for avoiding special measures on decision-making quality, 2016-18.

Letter: Task force role was pivotal in Wembley development

Dear Planning. I like your new format, and enjoyed the "before and after" aerial photos of Wembley Park. But, given the title of the item "How Planning Shaped Wembley Park", you missed the pivotal planning intervention.

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.

Latest PlanningResource News

Plans announced for alligator park in Old Kent Road regeneration scheme

Plans announced for alligator park in Old Kent Road regeneration scheme

News of unlikely plans for an alligator park as part of a proposed regeneration scheme on London's Old Kent Road features in today's newspaper round-up.

Ministers promise to revamp and expand Housing Infrastructure Fund

Ministers promise to revamp and expand Housing Infrastructure Fund

Ministers have revealed that the government is pressing ahead with a revamp and expansion of its Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) and promised that the upcoming Planning White Paper will look at revising the compulsory purchase process.

St. Modwen wins consent for 15-hectare Derby industrial scheme

St. Modwen wins consent for 15-hectare Derby industrial scheme

Developer St. Modwen has won permission for a new 15-hectare industrial and storage park to complete the regeneration of the area around Derby's Pride Park stadium, after the city council agreed to cut the contributions it wanted towards a road upgrade.

Norton Rose Fulbright appoints new head of planning

Norton Rose Fulbright appoints new head of planning

Law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has announced that Sarah Fitzpatrick has joined the company's London office as its new head of planning.

Inspectors back Oxford plan's higher housing target and green belt release

Inspectors back Oxford plan's higher housing target and green belt release

Planning inspectors have backed proposals in Oxford City Council's draft local plan to provide almost 11,000 new homes up to 2036 and to release eight green belt sites for housing.

Somerset man sent to prison for third time over planning breach

Somerset man sent to prison for third time over planning breach

A landowner has been given a 12-month prison sentence for continuing to breach a court order related to an illegally-sited caravan in Somerset, the third time he has been sent to jail for the matter.

RICS index sees London mayoral CIL rates fall

RICS index sees London mayoral CIL rates fall

Charging rates for the London Mayoral Community Infrastructure Levy (MCIL) have fallen in 2020, the first year in which a new Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) index has been applied.

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