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Letter: Recruitment at root of PINS problems

Lengthening appeal delays at the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) are not only due to poor pay and poor morale as reported by Richard Tamplin in his letter and your article last week (see related articles, below). It's due to a deliberate bad recruitment policy.

Letter: Planning Inspectorate will tackle its challenges

I refer to your article published on 28 March, 'Why new inspectorate data substantiates complaints about lengthening delays' and the subsequent letter from Richard Tamplin (see related articles, below).

Letter: An inspector's lot is not a happy one

Dear Sir. As a former member of the Planning Inspectorate it was with a mixture of sadness and concern that I read your article (see link below) reporting lengthening delays in the appeal process.

Letter: Urgent guidance needed on future of temporary Class P development right

I appreciate that the government may be somewhat distracted by other matters at this time, but I am puzzled that there has been no indication from Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) regarding the review of Class P (Class B8 Storage use to Class C3 Residential) permitted development rights.

Letter: CIL article underlines basic flaw in levy system

Whilst your feature (see related articles, below) about the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) spend is fair in the circumstances, it underlines the basic weakness of CIL as compared with the Milton Keynes Tariff, from which it was derived.

The white paper does not solve fundamental issues

The Housing White Paper's proposed changes (see related links) will make the local plan process much more complicated, time consuming and ineffective.

A land tax is better than permitted development

Richard Garlick's point (see related articles) about correcting a system that favours the landowner by basing viability tests on existing use values is fine in isolation. But we have created the system by steadfastly refusing to consider greenfield development - which in the South East means green belt - and a continued lack of development plans.

The PDR system can help with rural housing supply

I write with pleasure to thank the government for introducing permitted development rights for farmers.

Letter: Garden villages - a key part of the jigsaw that might just happen

There is no quick fix to the UK's housing crisis and the replacement of coordinated regional spatial planning with a 'bottom up' approach where local authorities rarely look beyond their own boundaries has been the death knell for many large scale development proposals.

There is a clear solution to viability conundrum

Planners are not valuers, so can be excused for believing that viability assessments are accurate valuations.

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