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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.

Letter: Not fair to call property developers levy shirkers

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.

Letter: Don't bank on developer contribution changes

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.

Latest PlanningResource News

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Another View

Planning's cartoonist casts his eye over the month's news.

The Big Picture: Edinburgh's Christmas controversy

The Big Picture: Edinburgh's Christmas controversy

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 planning shaped: Graven Hill

How planning shaped: Graven Hill

How a former arms depot was turned into Bicester's new custom/self-build community.

Local Plan Watch: Councils react angrily to PINS exam findings

Local Plan Watch: Councils react angrily to PINS exam findings

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.

10 key things that happened this week

10 key things that happened this week

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".

Annual housing delivery tops 240,000 homes to hit 27-year high

Annual housing delivery tops 240,000 homes to hit 27-year high

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 to submit City Plan with ramped up green and affordable housing policies

Westminster to submit City Plan with ramped up green and affordable housing policies

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.

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