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.
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.
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.
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.
It is a nonsense for housing minister Kit Malthouse to suggest that the government's changes to developer contributions (see related articles at bottom of page) will make the system simpler or accelerate the pace of housing provision.
There has been a quiet revolution taking place within property development. The digitalisation of land and property data is now enabling real estate professionals to tap into large amounts of data to better understand where they can and cannot build.
Your article on permission in principle (PIP) (PlanningResource, 6 June) stated that (based on research from the Campaign to Protect Rural England) only four local authorities had granted PIP through a brownfield register.
Catriona Riddell's column (see Related Articles at foot of article) focuses on whether the primary objective of planmaking should be wellbeing in terms of providing the right types of housing, air quality improvement and so on, rather than how many housing units can be provided.
Your editorial (see related articles) on the local election results suggests it is hard it is for central and local government 'to plan necessary development while retaining local residents' consent'.
After a lifetime of paying my taxes, avoiding parking fines and generally obeying the law, a few weeks ago I defied an order to leave an Extinction Rebellion protest area, was arrested, went back, was arrested again and charged. In the back of a Black Maria I found myself face-to-face with a consultant from one of the top planning and transport consultancies who had just committed a similar offence.
A report that the Prime Minister is in favour of starting the planned High Speed Two (HS2) line in the north of England and postponing the London to Birmingham branch features in today's newspaper round-up.
Liverpool Football Club has announced that it will allow a five-year-old planning permission to increase the capacity of one of its Anfield stadium stands to lapse because it wants to submit plans for an even bigger expansion.
A Yorkshire council is consulting on a draft local plan that proposes a housing target almost 60 per cent higher than its local need figure as calculated using the government's new standard method.
Fareham Borough Council has refused planning permission for 261 homes on farming land on 21 grounds, including the proposal's "adverse visual effect on the countryside" and "low quality", which the authority says outweigh its lack of a five-year housing land supply.
Wycombe District Council has adopted its local plan after an inspector recommended a nine per cent increase in its housing target and backed the document's proposed release of 10 sites from the green belt and 12 sites from an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) for new development.
Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that three councils have submitted the first five-year housing land supply Annual Position Statements (APSs) for examination, with six more in the pipeline.
Here are three key stories on updates to local plans from the past fortnight, including an inspector warning a Hertfordshire council that it may need to be withdraw its draft strategy if there are further delays to its examination.
- Head of Planning Policy and Strategy London Borough of Bromley Bromley (London Borough), London (Greater)
- Specialists Development Management (Planning) South Somerset District Council Yeovil, Somerset
- Assistant Planning Manager (50% Part-Time) CPRE Lancashire Lancashire
- Planning Director | Coventry area | East / South / West Midlands background | Equity role Lewis Davey Near Coventry
- Town Planner (Rural Projects) | Cirencester | 2+ years’ experience preferred Lewis Davey Cirencester