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Letter: Trams can be central to cities' pollution drives

According to the newspaper reports, Bath residents resent the proposed pollution charge that by the end of 2020 would see Bath and North East Somerset council charge drivers of high-emission vehicles £9 to enter the city's planned clean air zone.

Letter: Cuts hamper councils' recruitment and retention

Not long ago I spent an evening with a pile of recent copies of the planning press. I noted a theme of local authorities struggling to deliver planning services due to loss of staff and also the loss of status of planning at senior level.

Letter: Satisfying the public's infrastructure demands

There is a need to fill the information deficit that exists between the public and the infrastructure industry.

Letter: Neighbourhood plans aren't clear-cut

I note Richard Garlick's article headlined: "There is little proof that neighbourhood plans help housing delivery" (see related articles). In fact there is little proof either way, and surely that is what your headline - and article - should have said?

Letter: The perks of town or village green registration

There is a great opportunity for existing and new garden towns to adopt best practice for open spaces (see related articles).

Letter: Fix the culture and put the case for local people

You report the resignation as a councillor of the former Westminster City Council planning committee chairman Robert Davis (Conservative) (see related articles), after an investigation found that he had breached the council's code of conduct in relation to hospitality that he enjoyed from developers.

Letter: Aylesbury Vale inspector points the way forward

While his note advising that the local plan increase its housing target by 15 per cent (see related articles) may have proved unpopular, it appears to me that Aylesbury Vale's local plan inspector may in fact be the hero, not the villain. of the tale.

Letter: Green belt land is under sustained attack

National planning rules require local councils to show exceptional circumstances when they remove land from the green belt.

Letter: Delays inspire lack of confidence

I read with interest your case study on how Camden Council is handling development management (See related articles).

Letter: More on-site monitoring should be required

The revised National Planning Policy Framework says local planning authorities should seek to ensure that the quality of approved development is not "materially diminished" between permission and completion as a result of changes being made to the permitted scheme.

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