Lengthening appeal delays at the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) are not only due to poor pay and poor morale as reported by Richard Tamplin in his letter and your article last week (see related articles, below). It's due to a deliberate bad recruitment policy.
I refer to your article published on 28 March, 'Why new inspectorate data substantiates complaints about lengthening delays' and the subsequent letter from Richard Tamplin (see related articles, below).
Dear Sir. As a former member of the Planning Inspectorate it was with a mixture of sadness and concern that I read your article (see link below) reporting lengthening delays in the appeal process.
I appreciate that the government may be somewhat distracted by other matters at this time, but I am puzzled that there has been no indication from Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) regarding the review of Class P (Class B8 Storage use to Class C3 Residential) permitted development rights.
Whilst your feature (see related articles, below) about the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) spend is fair in the circumstances, it underlines the basic weakness of CIL as compared with the Milton Keynes Tariff, from which it was derived.
The Housing White Paper's proposed changes (see related links) will make the local plan process much more complicated, time consuming and ineffective.
Richard Garlick's point (see related articles) about correcting a system that favours the landowner by basing viability tests on existing use values is fine in isolation. But we have created the system by steadfastly refusing to consider greenfield development - which in the South East means green belt - and a continued lack of development plans.
I write with pleasure to thank the government for introducing permitted development rights for farmers.
There is no quick fix to the UK's housing crisis and the replacement of coordinated regional spatial planning with a 'bottom up' approach where local authorities rarely look beyond their own boundaries has been the death knell for many large scale development proposals.
Planners are not valuers, so can be excused for believing that viability assessments are accurate valuations.
A report on a 'flatpack skyscraper' winning first prize in a competition to design the tall buildings of the future features in today's newspaper round-up.
Leeds City Council has approved a 750-home mixed use plan, including a 40-storey tower, that it hopes will regenerate a 3.5 hectare patch of vacant land in the city centre.
The government has hired two consultancies to help them decide whether to take over local plan production at the three councils facing intervention, Planning can reveal.
The London Borough of Croydon's planning committee last night unanimously approved revised plans to redevelop Premier League football club Crystal Palace's Selhurst Park stadium.
Latest referendum results continue to show a very high level of popularity for neighbourhood plans, according to analysis by Planning.
Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that a developer has accused a rival firm of instigating a 'hypocritical, vindictive and completely unnecessary judicial review' of its planning consent for a leisure development in Essex.
Heathrow Airport has agreed to fund a new strategic planning team to support a group of local councils hoping to maximise the benefits of the airport's expansion proposals.
- Assistant Director, Delivery Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Cambridge and Cambourne
- Principal / Technical Director grade Planning Consultant (Built Environment) SLR Consulting Manchester (Nottingham, Chelmsford or Maidstone would also be considered)
- Planning Policy, Design and Heritage Service Manager Oxford City Council Oxfordshire
- Conservation Officer Chesterfield Borough Council Chesterfield, Derbyshire
- Assistant Director - Strategy and Economy Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Cambridge and Cambourne