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Letter: Is the Planning Inspectorate being set up to fail?

Last week’s tightening of ministerial appeal decision targets were tough - 16 to 20 weeks for written representations (WRs) which form 94 per cent of appeal decisions. Future targets look to become even tougher, with the minister suggesting four to eight weeks, or faster, for “most” appeals (probably WRs).

Letter: Making development deliver biodiversity improvements will be easier than you suggest

Meeting the government’s requirement that by 2023 schemes should bring ten per cent biodiversity net gain is very doable, says Professor David Hill

Letter: Why we should not rule out greenfield sites

As the government changes tack on its changes to the planning system, all options for new housing locations, including greenfield sites, should be part of the solution.

Letter: Digitising environmental impact assessments would bring major benefits

Environmental environmental impact assessments (EIA) are a central part of the design and approval process for projects where significant effects on the environment are considered likely, but the paper process is seen as a resource-hungry administrative burden for all parties involved.

Letter: Revised air pollution limits could force more cities to introduce clean air zones

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has slashed the guideline limits for various air pollutants, which combined with the Environment Bill, could foreshadow further change in Uk legal restrictions.

Letter: Self-build homes have benefits, but may not boost overall housing supply

A government-commissioned review into the scaling-up of custom and self-build homes highlights the various benefits of this types of housing, including the role it can play in raising design standards, but whether it can boost overall housing supply remains doubtful, says Colin Brown

Letter: the planning system is apparently incapable of delivering enough homes for older people

It seems that everyone is saying the right things about the need for, and benefits of, tailored accommodation to meet the needs of older people. But the planning system still seems incapable of delivering it at the required volume, says Rob Henderson

Letter: The NPPF’s statues update uses planning to defend the indefensible

The National Planning Policy Framework's (NPPF's) recent revisions puts planners on the frontline for defending controversial statues and monuments, but they are ill-equipped to deal with the fall-out from these incendiary issues, says Sian Griffiths

Letter: It would be a seismic error not to deliver growth in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc

By last week stepping back from a commitment to build a million homes in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc by 2050, the government may be losing out on a key opportunity to deliver growth that could help the country’s post-pandemic recovery.

Letter: Jenrick speech points to local authority empowerment, but more funding will be crucial

Communities secretary Robert Jenrick has indicated that local authorities will be given greater powers to plan in their areas, but his procedural changes must be backed up with funding.

Latest PlanningResource News

Great Musgrave Arch (Credit: HRE Group)

Government road agency faces £450,000 bill to unblock bridge it had infilled without permission

A government agency faces a £450,000 bill to unblock a bridge it had filled with concrete, after being denied retrospective planning permission for the work.

News roundup

‘Supreme Court to decide whether large developers can tweak plans that have already been permitted’

A national newspaper report claiming that a “row” over a housing scheme in a national park could “lead to landmark changes to planning permission laws” leads our roundup of the day’s stories

Court of Appeal, London (Credit: SOPA Images c/o Getty Images)

Court rules that council can issue breach of conditions notice as well as taking enforcement action on the same site

A court has ruled that there is nothing wrong with a council issuing a breach of conditions notice (BCN) on top of an earlier enforcement action against the same development, even though the latter was subject to an ongoing appeal.

Meadow Lane, Trentham (pic: cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Burgess Von Thunen - geograph.org.uk/p/3324637)

Council takes enforcement action against Barratt over planning condition breaches

A council has announced that it has taken enforcement action against one of the UK's biggest housebuilders following complaints that the firm had failed to comply with planning conditions attached to a consent for a 227-home development.

New homes: Government pledges to tighten planing rules on self build (pic: Getty)

Government to use levelling up bill to tighten up self build planning duties

The government is to bring forward measures through the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill to "clarify" councils' existing obligations to bring forward "suitable" planning permissions for self and custom built homes, in an effort to boost provision of such housing.

News roundup

‘Fall in number of planning permissions is hitting vow to build more homes’

Mortgage Strategy’s survey of industry leaders demanding planning reform leads our round-up of today’s stories.

Wembley Point (Credit: Jaggery c/o Creative Commons Licence via geograph.org)

Mayor agrees in principle to 515-flat tower despite harm to listed viaduct

London’s mayor has provisionally approved 515 homes in three blocks up to 32 storeys high on one of the capital’s most visible brownfield sites, on condition that breaches of the London Plan are remedied.

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