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Letter: before we can change the planning system, we need to define it

I felt as though it was Groundhog Day when reading the government’s planning white paper recently.

Letter: Minister was wrong to discredit research on the impact of his method for assessing housing need

Last week housing minister Christopher Pincher branded as “speculative” well-received work by planning consultancy Lichfields demonstrating possible impacts of revisions to the government’s centralised assessment of local housing need.

Letter: Placemaking was a luxury, now it’s a necessity

We’re faced with a significant challenge in the UK: providing enough homes to meet the needs of future generations, and building them in places that people actually want to live.

Letter: New online engagement tools could do more to expand the planning conversation

In reproducing existing models and trying to keep business as usual during the pandemic, are we missing an opportunity to radically improve the relationship between the public and planning?

Letter: The planning system does too little to support the NHS

From a health perspective, a detailed rethink of how the town planning system operates is long overdue.

Letter: Who gets to decide what is and isn’t ‘beautiful’?

I really struggle with the government’s constant use of the word ‘beauty’. Its aim is to build beautifully and build more. The first question that comes to mind is: what is the definition of beauty?

Letter: We need to solve the disconnect between housing numbers and need

Resolving the housing crisis and delivering on the promise to “level up” English regions will need more than a review of the standard method to work out housing needs.

Letter: Why the planning white paper's attempts to address viability challenges won’t lead to a housing increase

The main thrust of the government’s planning white paper is that planning is complex. This is obvious, but in the absence of a white paper complaining that open heart surgery is complex, we must for now take seriously the idea that perhaps something should be done.

Letter: Court judgment threatens delivery of extra care housing

I write in response to the article published on Planning Resource on 3 August about the Rectory Homes case in Oxfordshire. This decision by Mr Justice Holgate, upholding an appeal refusal of a Class C2 extra care scheme, has serious implications for the future delivery of this much-needed type of specialist accommodation, which threatens to reduce the choice available to vulnerable older people.

Latest PlanningResource News

Government announces plans to ‘simplify and consolidate’ permitted development rights

Government announces plans to ‘simplify and consolidate’ permitted development rights

The government has published plans to "simplify" and rationalise" permitted developments rights, as part of a review of such rights following recent changes to the Use Classes Order.

High streets 'may very quickly become mostly residential' under new permitted development rights, lawyer warns

High streets 'may very quickly become mostly residential' under new permitted development rights, lawyer warns

A planning lawyer has warned that many high streets "may very quickly become predominantly residential" unless councils take action to restrict the government's latest easing of planning rules to allow a host of town centre uses to convert to new housing.

Mayor approves long-awaited 500-home Bishopsgate Goodsyard plan

Mayor approves long-awaited 500-home Bishopsgate Goodsyard plan

The London mayor has approved long-awaited plans for a 500-home mixed-use scheme on a derelict site in the east of the capital, after finding that its provision of office space and affordable housing would be "significant benefits".

Shorter ten-week application determination limit proposed in new 'fast track for public service buildings'

Shorter ten-week application determination limit proposed in new 'fast track for public service buildings'

A new "fast track" planning route for public service buildings such as schools and hospitals would require local authorities to determine applications for such schemes within ten weeks and to prioritise these decisions over other "major development" plans, a new consultation proposes.

ONS 'being investigated for implausible population projection figures'

ONS 'being investigated for implausible population projection figures'

News of an investigation into the Office for National Statistics's (ONS's) population projections that form the basis of councils' housing need allocations leads our roundup of today's news.

No size limit on new town centre-to-residential use permitted development right

No size limit on new town centre-to-residential use permitted development right

There would be no size limit on the buildings that can benefit from the government's newly-announced town centre-residential use permitted development (PD) right, while the change of rules would apply in conservation areas, the consultation document on the proposals reveals.

Government announces new permitted development right allowing range of town centre uses to convert to housing

Government announces new permitted development right allowing range of town centre uses to convert to housing

The government has announced new permitted development rights to allow buildings included in its newly-created Class E town centre use class, such as offices, restaurants, shops and gyms, to convert to housing without needing planning permission.

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