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Letter: NIA notes on land value capture are welcome

Last week's National Infrastructure Assessment by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) notes the need to expand and strengthen local mechanisms for capturing increases in land value associated with infrastructure.

Letter: The state should treat private landowners fairly

In recent weeks Civitas, the Centre for Progressive Capitalism and Shelter have all argued for a change in the way land is valued, calling for the UK to adopt the German model looking at "Existing Use Values" (EUVs) rather than "hope values".

Letter: Habitats regulation assessment ruling needs serious analysis

I read with interest the recent article on the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on habitats regulation assessment matters (see related articles).

Letter: Still a long haul ahead for Heathrow's third runway

The Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) has reached the equivalent of its stopover. Its journey is far from over. The last time government published a national policy supporting a third runway at Heathrow was December 2003.

Letter: Tall buildings may not meet London's needs

By any planning policy metrics, tall residential buildings perform very badly. Some suggest that they have "a role to play" in housing delivery, but where is the evidence that they help to create the kind of city that Londoners want, let alone the housing they need?

Letter: Study recommendations only 'starters for ten'

Your article (see related articles below) revealed a variety of views about the recent study by GL Hearn and Wood plc. As you suggest, it has stirred up political sensitivities between local authorities with very diff erent interests in the outcome.

Letter: Welcome bid to address public-private tension

New efforts to bridge the gap between public and private planning expertise through the Public Practice scheme (see related articles below) promise a much-needed boost.

Time to ring the changes to advertising tests after phone kiosk chaos

You report that there has been a huge rise in the number of prior approval applications and appeals for phone kiosks, and that the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) says that these are partly responsible for delays to its work (see related articles).

Government is failing to address real reasons for new homes shortage

Sir. With its draft revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework, consultation on which closed last week, the government looks set to repeat some of the great planning disasters of the past.

Latest PlanningResource News

Government pledges 'strengthened' planning guidance to boost social housing

Government pledges 'strengthened' planning guidance to boost social housing

The government is to 'strengthen' planning guidance to encourage new affordable homes 'to be designed to the same high quality as other tenures and well integrated within developments', according to its social housing green paper, published today.

Go-ahead for south-east London arts complex

Go-ahead for south-east London arts complex

Plans have been approved for the first phase of an arts complex in a series of grade II listed buildings at Woolwich in south-east London, in line with a recommendation from planners that the scheme would 'enhance heritage features' of the buildings.

Planning committee 'significantly misled' over care home approval, judge rules

Planning committee 'significantly misled' over care home approval, judge rules

A High Court judge has quashed a planning consent for a care home in Yorkshire after ruling that a planning committee was 'significantly misled' by an officer's report on the proposals.

Housebuilding 'below pre-crash levels across half of England'

Housebuilding 'below pre-crash levels across half of England'

A claim that housebuilding 'across half of England is slower than it was before the financial crash' features in today's media round-up.

Plans submitted for 2,500-home York Central scheme

Plans submitted for 2,500-home York Central scheme

Plans have been submitted for a mixed-use development that would provide up to 2,500 homes on a 45-hectare brownfield site in the centre of York.

Rees-Mogg: Build low-density homes to protect character of rural England

Rees-Mogg: Build low-density homes to protect character of rural England

Planning policy should make it easier to build 'small-scale and low-density schemes' that 'protect the character of rural England' but some development should go on green belt land, Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has said.

Welsh Government submits plans for 800 Swansea homes

Welsh Government submits plans for 800 Swansea homes

The Welsh Government has submitted plans for a development of up to 800 homes on a site on the northern outskirts of Swansea previously allocated for employment use.

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