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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.

Letter: Onshore wind energy is hamstrung by the NPPF

The government's commitment to its 2050 net zero carbon emissions target has been widely welcomed. But to make this more than an outgoing Prime Minister's parting gesture, this needs to be matched with a clear and coordinated action plan.

Letter: Placemaking remains key to wellbeing of people

The Building Better Building Beautiful Commission's interim report (PlanningResource, 9 July) rightly places great emphasis on the value of placemaking rather than just housebuilding, and argues that beauty should be considered in relation to buildings and places.

Latest PlanningResource News

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10 key things that happened last week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that the government is quickly legislating to allow planning committee meetings to be held remotely in order help the system adapt to the coronavirus pandemic.

RTPI, BPF and HBF call for ministers to allow English permissions to extend during pandemic

RTPI, BPF and HBF call for ministers to allow English permissions to extend during pandemic

Developers, housebuilders and planners have urged the government to follow Scotland's lead and allow the automatic extensions of planning permissions due to expire during the coronavirus crisis, with the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) describing the move as a "measured and pragmatic approach" in "unprecedented times".

Government publishes regulations to allow 'virtual' planning committee meetings

Government publishes regulations to allow 'virtual' planning committee meetings

The government has published a draft statutory instrument to enact measures to allow planning committee meetings to be held remotely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Waltham Forest approves 750-home scheme at part-virtual committee meeting

Waltham Forest approves 750-home scheme at part-virtual committee meeting

A London borough has granted planning permission for a 750-home development on the site of a council-owned leisure centre, at a committee meeting that used a remote video link to involve officers and other parties.

Welsh ministers introduce new PD rights to allow temporary hospitals

Welsh ministers introduce new PD rights to allow temporary hospitals

The Welsh Government has enacted measures to allow local authorities to change the use of buildings or erect temporary structures on their land without planning permission in order to create temporary hospitals during the coronavirus outbreak.

The councils that determined the fewest applications within government time limits in 2018 and 2019

The councils that determined the fewest applications within government time limits in 2018 and 2019

Four local authorities are sitting below the government’s ‘special measures’ threshold for speed of decision-making on planning applications, according to the latest Whitehall figures.

Tory MP calls for 'moratorium on planning applications' during coronavirus pandemic

Tory MP calls for 'moratorium on planning applications' during coronavirus pandemic

A report that a Conservative MP has called for a "moratorium on planning applications" during the coronanvirus crisis features in today's newspaper round-up

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