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Letter: West Malling appeal decision - balance between protecting green belt and meeting housing need

It has been suggested that the West Malling appeal decision to allow 79 extra care units within the Green Belt signals an end to Green Belt protection and an open door for developers to pursue applications for similar schemes, or even traditional residential. However, a careful examination of the decision suggests anything but.

Letter: National housing policies undermine local plans

There has been quite a bit of coverage of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government's (MHCLG's) national target for new homes and how the standard method of assessing housing need is being implemented, but not much on the problems with the method itself.

Letter: Ministers must support infrastructure delivery

Last week's report by public spending watchdog the National Audit Office into how effectively the government supports the planning regime to deliver the right housing won't come as a shock to those in the planning sphere.

Letter: The hidden implications of permitted development

Much has been said about the government's proposals to expand permitted development (PD) rights, as part of efforts to improve the health of high streets and town centres.

Letter: Politicians must catch up on climate change issue

The European Court's latest rulings on developers' and planners' responsibilities for assessing the impact of development on protected habitats (see related articles) are akin to Nero fiddling while Rome burned.

Letter: Cuts hamper councils' recruitment and retention

Not long ago I spent an evening with a pile of recent copies of the planning press. I noted a theme of local authorities struggling to deliver planning services due to loss of staff and also the loss of status of planning at senior level.

Letter: Trams can be central to cities' pollution drives

According to the newspaper reports, Bath residents resent the proposed pollution charge that by the end of 2020 would see Bath and North East Somerset council charge drivers of high-emission vehicles £9 to enter the city's planned clean air zone.

Letter: Satisfying the public's infrastructure demands

There is a need to fill the information deficit that exists between the public and the infrastructure industry.

Letter: Neighbourhood plans aren't clear-cut

I note Richard Garlick's article headlined: "There is little proof that neighbourhood plans help housing delivery" (see related articles). In fact there is little proof either way, and surely that is what your headline - and article - should have said?

Letter: The perks of town or village green registration

There is a great opportunity for existing and new garden towns to adopt best practice for open spaces (see related articles).

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Local Plan Watch: Three key findings on local plans from the National Audit Office's planning report

Local Plan Watch: Three key findings on local plans from the National Audit Office's planning report

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NPPF revised to clarify presumption penalty exemption around protected habitats

NPPF revised to clarify presumption penalty exemption around protected habitats

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