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Letter: Government's wind farm refusal shows that national need for energy does not always trump all other considerations

In a summer which is very important to the offshore wind industry in terms of development consent order (DCO) applications, we were interested to read the decision on the Thanet Extension Offshore Wind Farm.

Letter: How planning can support housebuilding during the pandemic

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.

Letter: Planning software suppliers have hard balance to strike

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.

Letter: Coronavirus crisis offers opportunity to update antiquated planning system

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.

Letter: Planning reform is essential but place making mustn't be undervalued

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.

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.

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Developer contributions in England rose by £1 billion over the past two years

Developer contributions in England rose by £1 billion over the past two years

The total value of developer contributions agreed annually across England rose by £1bn between 2016/17 and 2018/19, although London saw a "sharp decline", according to new statistics published by the MHCLG.

The authorities that face the biggest increases in housing need under the proposed new standard method

The authorities that face the biggest increases in housing need under the proposed new standard method

Greater London authorities will face the greatest pressure to increase delivery of new homes, according to an analysis of the government's proposed new methodology for calculating housing need.

Neighbourhood Watch: Village’s neighbourhood plan scrapped in favour of plan for the wider town

Neighbourhood Watch: Village’s neighbourhood plan scrapped in favour of plan for the wider town

A village’s neighbourhood plan that was only finalised three months ago is to be scrapped in favour of an equivalent plan for the wider area.

How the planning White Paper would change ... design controls

How the planning White Paper would change ... design controls

One of the “pillars” of the government's White Paper on planning, published yesterday, is the need to ensure “planning for beautiful and sustainable places” in English towns and cities.

25% of affordable homes contributed by developers will need to be discounted market homes, government proposes

25% of affordable homes contributed by developers will need to be discounted market homes, government proposes

A minimum of 25 per cent of affordable housing secured through developer contributions will be expected to be discounted market housing for first-time buyers, according to a government consultation published today.

Major housing schemes to be eligible for permission in principle applications, government proposes

Major housing schemes to be eligible for permission in principle applications, government proposes

Developers proposing schemes of ten homes or more will be eligible to apply for the fast-track Permission in Principle route of securing consent, under proposals published by the government today.

Planning White Paper proposes merger of CIL and s106 systems for securing developer infrastructure contributions

Planning White Paper proposes merger of CIL and s106 systems for securing developer infrastructure contributions

The existing community infrastructure levy (CIL) and section 106 planning obligations systems could be merged to create a new 'Infrastructure Levy', with any payments due under the new system linked to the final value of a development, the government's Planning for the Future consultation has revealed.

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