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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
- Planning Compliance Officer Harborough District Council Market Harborough, Leicestershire
- Assistant Planning Officer - Planning Policy Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council Solihull, West Midlands
- Planning Officer/Senior Planning Officer - Planning Policy Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council Solihull, West Midlands
- Team Leader – Planning Policy Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council Solihull, West Midlands
- Planning Officer Preston City Council Preston
- Planning Development Manager Gloucester City Council Shire Hall, Gloucester, Gloucestershire
- Principal Economic Development officer Hertsmere Borough Council Hertfordshire
- Team Leader (Planning Policy) Wealden District Council Hailsham, East Sussex
- Head of Town Planning Larkfleet Group Bourne, PE10 0FF
- Senior Planning Enforcement Officer Tandridge District Council Oxted, Surrey