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Letter: Planning software suppliers have hard balance to strike

I read the recent report from the Connected Places Catapult with great interest. It levelled criticism at the current offering of planning software on the market and aimed six advisory principles that suppliers should adhere to in order to push forward a culture of innovation.

Letter: Coronavirus crisis offers opportunity to update antiquated planning system

Change often happens when you least expect it, but necessity is the mother of invention. And that's exactly what we are seeing happen to the UK's planning system as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Letter: Planning reform is essential but place making mustn't be undervalued

The Policy Exchange report on planning (see related articles) makes for interesting reading, with sound suggestions on the reform of our broken planning system - however, it's essential that place making isn't overlooked or undervalued.

Letter: Consultancies have sapped planning authorities of staff

I see from your last editorial that 52 per cent of consultancies plan to expand. Of the same group, 92 per cent then blame lack of resources in local authorities for constraining local plan production and slow decision-making on applications.

Letter: Freedom to demolish piece overlooked waste implications

In your feature on the proposed changes in the 'freedom to demolish' office buildings for replacement with residential structures, there was no mention of the waste of resources that demolition represents.

Letter: Government's design guide hands councils 70 pages of reasons for refusal

Whilst you cannot argue against the need for good design and the new National Design Guide is a good handbook, the government has handed planning authorities 70 pages of reasons for refusal.

Letter: Bristol highway scheme needs proper assessment

Congratulations on such a great picture and key facts re Bristol City Council's crass consultation on three highway schemes for the so called Western Harbour.

Letter: Government's special measures criteria are unfair to authorities who determine fewer applications

You named the Peak District National Park as among the authorities that did not reach the threshold for avoiding special measures on decision-making quality, 2016-18.

Letter: Task force role was pivotal in Wembley development

Dear Planning. I like your new format, and enjoyed the "before and after" aerial photos of Wembley Park. But, given the title of the item "How Planning Shaped Wembley Park", you missed the pivotal planning intervention.

Letter: Permitted development rights homes are no longer fit for humans

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.

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