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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was disappointing to see headlines (see related articles at bottom of page) last month referring to property developers no longer being able to (to use planning minister Kit Malthouse's phrase) 'shirk responsibilities' on the back of new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) rules published by the government.
It is a nonsense for housing minister Kit Malthouse to suggest that the government's changes to developer contributions (see related articles at bottom of page) will make the system simpler or accelerate the pace of housing provision.
Planning's cartoonist casts his eye over the month's news.
Edinburgh City Council has confirmed an annual Christmas market will be going ahead, even though planning permission will not be granted until the new year.
How a former arms depot was turned into Bicester's new custom/self-build community.
Heated exchanges between councils and the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) in the past month over plan examinations features in this week's round-up of local plan news.
Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that a Kent council has hit out at the "thinly veiled charade that local plans are in any way locally-led", arguing that a planning inspector's recommendation that it withdraws its local plan from examination calls into question "the integrity of the whole plan-making system in this country".
More than 240,000 additional homes were built in England last year, the highest figure since records began in 1991/2 and eclipsing the previous housing delivery peak in 2007/08, according to the latest government data.
Westminster City Council is to submit its new draft City Plan for examination after a consultation last year prompted changes including a relaxed maximum size limit on new homes plus stronger environmental and affordable housing targets.
- Senior Planner Oxford City Council Oxford, Oxfordshire
- Planning Officer Guildford Borough Council Guildford, Surrey
- Senior Planning Officer (Development Management) Harlow Council Harlow, Essex
- Principal Planning Officer (Development Management) Harlow Council Harlow, Essex
- Forward Planning and Economic Growth Team Manager Mansfield and Ashfield Shared Service Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottingham