In the short term, the Covid-19 pandemic has effectively shut down housebuilding and the housing market. As the lockdown is relaxed, activity is returning. But it will take a long time to return to normal, and in the meantime housebuilding threatens to fall, as people have less money in their pockets and subdued house prices damage viability.
I read the recent report from the Connected Places Catapult with great interest. It levelled criticism at the current offering of planning software on the market and aimed six advisory principles that suppliers should adhere to in order to push forward a culture of innovation.
Change often happens when you least expect it, but necessity is the mother of invention. And that's exactly what we are seeing happen to the UK's planning system as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Policy Exchange report on planning (see related articles) makes for interesting reading, with sound suggestions on the reform of our broken planning system - however, it's essential that place making isn't overlooked or undervalued.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'Councils warn that Whitehall's £500 million Covid-19 cash injection is insufficient to halt cutbacks'
Claims by English local authorities that they face a financial shortfall this year of more than £1 billion and will be forced to make further cuts to local services despite the government’s £500 million Covid-19 rescue package feature in today’s newspaper round-up.
Corby Borough Council has given the green light to plans for a 400,000 square metres logistics scheme on open countryside despite the authority’s own local plan officers’ expressing concerns that the site is not allocated for development.
The London Borough of Brent has given the go-ahead to plans for a 509-home mixed-use scheme on a designated industrial site, despite the loss of commercial floorspace.
New demolition and upwards extension permitted development rights will be introduced this month, says Jenrick
New permitted development (PD) rights allowing vacant commercial and residential buildings to be demolished for new housing and individual homes to extend upwards will be introduced "before the summer recess", the housing secretary Robert Jenrick has said.
Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that the government has announced what it described as the "most radical reforms to our planning system since the Second World War".
New regulations were laid before parliament this week which will pave the way for deferral of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) payments where firms are experiencing financial difficulties connected with the Covid-19 outbreak.
Councils will be able to defer community infrastructure levy (CIL) payments from smaller developers for up to six months but there will be no right of appeal for applicants if authorities refuse their request, according to new regulations and guidance.
- Planning Officers x 4 City of London London (Greater)
- Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects/ Sustainability) City of London London (Greater)
- Planning Enforcement and Compliance Monitoring Officer Ebbsfleet Development Corporation Ebbsfleet Valley, Dartford
- Project Delivery Manager Chesterfield Borough Council Chesterfield, Derbyshire
- Planning Policy Manager Stevenage Borough Council Stevenage, Hertfordshire
- Planning Officer - Major Projects North Norfolk District Council Norfolk
- Senior Planning Officers North Norfolk District Council Cromer, Norfolk
- Senior Infrastructure Planner Dartford Borough Council Dartford, Kent
- Planning Policy Manager Mole Valley District Council Dorking, Surrey
- Principal Regeneration Officer Pembrokeshire County Council County Hall, Haverfordwest