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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.

Letter: Are development plans being sidelined?

You report (see related links) on a letter from Kit Malthouse, minister of state for housing, to local authorities in the Oxford to Cambridge growth corridor, calling on them "to bring forward ambitious proposals for transformational housing growth, including new settlements" by 14 September is one of many recent examples of the government trying to negotiate with local authorities to stimulate house-building.

Letter: We need a roadmap to sustainable transport

The government's recently published call for evidence on the future of mobility includes an open-ended request for "any further suggestions or comments" on the subject.

Letter: New framework clarifies approach to green belt

The latest report from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) suggests the green belt is under severe pressure, yet the most recent government statistics suggest green belt land decreased by less than 0.05 per cent in 2016/17.

Letter: Populist moves threaten Scotland's planning bill

There were high hopes that the Planning (Scotland) Bill would reinvigorate the current slow and costly system.

Letter: NIA notes on land value capture are welcome

Last week's National Infrastructure Assessment by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) notes the need to expand and strengthen local mechanisms for capturing increases in land value associated with infrastructure.

Letter: The state should treat private landowners fairly

In recent weeks Civitas, the Centre for Progressive Capitalism and Shelter have all argued for a change in the way land is valued, calling for the UK to adopt the German model looking at "Existing Use Values" (EUVs) rather than "hope values".

Letter: Habitats regulation assessment ruling needs serious analysis

I read with interest the recent article on the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on habitats regulation assessment matters (see related articles).

Latest PlanningResource News

Surrey council drops 112-hectare green belt allocation

Surrey council drops 112-hectare green belt allocation

A Surrey council has scrapped plans to bring forward a single 112.1-hectare green belt site for development rather than several separate sites across the area after planners concluded that the removal of the site from the green belt 'might not be able to withstand scrutiny at an examination'.

Letwin review 'to recommend land value capture measures'

Letwin review 'to recommend land value capture measures'

A claim that Sir Oliver Letwin's review of build out rates will recommend that councils are 'able to strip landowners of large portions of profits from the sale of their land' features in today's newspaper round-up.

Appeal Court backs council's action against flashing advertising displays

Appeal Court backs council's action against flashing advertising displays

The Court of Appeal has upheld a planning inspector's ruling that a west London council was within its rights to remove deemed consent for illuminated signs located within a building, dismissing a claim that the move was 'draconian'.

Basildon cuts housing numbers in revised local plan

Basildon cuts housing numbers in revised local plan

One of the 15 councils threatened with intervention by central government has approved a revised version of its local plan, including a cut to previously proposed housing numbers.

Cambridge adopts 14,000-home local plan

Cambridge adopts 14,000-home local plan

Cambridge City Council has formally adopted its local plan, which allocates land for 14,000 new homes up to 2031.

Developer announces appeal against order to demolish his 11-home estate

Developer announces appeal against order to demolish his 11-home estate

A developer ordered to demolish his 11-home scheme because a council believes two extra houses were built without consent has said he will appeal against the decision.

London mayor launches £10 million fund to boost councils' planning and housing capacity

London mayor launches £10 million fund to boost councils' planning and housing capacity

The mayor of London has today launched a new £10 million fund to help increase capacity in boroughs' planning and housing teams so they can build more homes in the capital.

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