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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.

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.

Latest PlanningResource News

'Ministers to tell councils not to block 5G applications'

'Ministers to tell councils not to block 5G applications'

News that the government is set to write to councils to tell them not to refuse planning applications for new 5G mobile technology equipment features in today's newspaper round-up.

Queen's Speech promises first National Infrastructure Strategy this autumn

Queen's Speech promises first National Infrastructure Strategy this autumn

A promise to publish the first National Infrastructure Strategy later this autumn, a bill to allow the High Speed Two (HS2) line between the West Midlands and Crewe and a white paper on further English devolution featured in today's Queen's Speech.

High Court throws out challenge to Ashford local plan

High Court throws out challenge to Ashford local plan

A High Court judge has thrown out a landowner's attempt to get a Kent council's local plan declared unsound over its safeguarding of a former factory site for a new train depot, according to the authority.

Hertsmere consults on LDO for EastEnders set

Hertsmere consults on LDO for EastEnders set

A Hertfordshire council is consulting on a draft local development order (LDO) for the set of BBC soap opera EastEnders, which it claims is the first order of its kind to be used for a film and production facility.

CPRE study finds just 15 per cent of greenfield homes in green belt affordable

CPRE study finds just 15 per cent of greenfield homes in green belt affordable

Just 15 per cent of homes built on greenfield land in the green belt, or on land recently deallocated from the green belt, were affordable between 2015/16 and 2018/19, according to new research by the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

'Housing and infrastructure projects at risk due to loan rate hike'

'Housing and infrastructure projects at risk due to loan rate hike'

A warning from councils that 'dozens of housing, regeneration and infrastructure projects' are at risk after the government dramatically raised its loan rate features in today's newspaper round-up.

Appeal court rejects council's bid to block homes approval over parish plan clash

Appeal court rejects council's bid to block homes approval over parish plan clash

The Court of Appeal has upheld an appeal inspector's decision to grant permission for a housing development in West Sussex, despite the project conflicting with the "aims" of an adopted neighbourhood plan.

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