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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

Johnson 'considering measures to compel release of public land for new homes'

Johnson 'considering measures to compel release of public land for new homes'

A report that the Conservative leader Boris Johnson is considering measures to encourage public bodies to 'release thousands of pockets of under-used land for homes' features in today's newspaper round-up.

The councils that we predict will have to produce a housing delivery action plan for the first time under the 2019 test

The councils that we predict will have to produce a housing delivery action plan for the first time under the 2019 test

Twenty-three councils would, under the 2019 housing delivery test, have to for the first time produce a housing delivery action plan outlining how they will boost the provision of new homes in their area, according to research by Planning.

The 20 councils we predict will be able reduce their housing land supply thanks to the 2019 delivery test

The 20 councils we predict will be able reduce their housing land supply thanks to the 2019 delivery test

Twenty councils are likely to be able to reduce their housing land supply under the 2019 housing delivery test, according to research by Planning.

Shropshire Council secures injunction to stop developer selling affordable homes on open market

Shropshire Council secures injunction to stop developer selling affordable homes on open market

A council has secured an injunction to stop a developer reneging on a section 106 agreement by selling homes that were consented on the basis that they would be provided as affordable housing on the open market.

The 19 councils we predict will be required to increase their housing land supply under the 2019 delivery test

The 19 councils we predict will be required to increase their housing land supply under the 2019 delivery test

Nineteen councils are likely to have to increase their housing land supply so that it provides for 20 per cent more homes than needed to meet their five year target under the 2019 housing delivery test, according to research by Planning.

51-storey Birmingham PRS tower approved after airport agrees to increase flight heights

51-storey Birmingham PRS tower approved after airport agrees to increase flight heights

Plans for a 51-storey, 670-home tower in Birmingham city centre have been approved after Birmingham Airport agreed to increase the height at which planes circle in order to enable construction work.

Local Plan Watch: High Court dismisses Surrey local plan challenge

Local Plan Watch: High Court dismisses Surrey local plan challenge

News that a High Court judge has dismissed a judicial review challenge against Guildford Borough Council's adopted local plan features in the latest Local Plan Watch round-up.

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