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Latest Letters

Letter: Regeneration funds must be spent where they are needed most, particularly for coastal towns

There are new ‘levelling up’ opportunities facing coastal towns which have been hit hard by the pandemic, but there must be careful consideration of the full social and economic impacts of government spending proposals.

Letter: 'Building Better, Building Beautiful' needs genuine community engagement

Getting communities involved in discussions about design codes might help them think of development differently, and about new possibilities for their local area.

Letter: It’s time to make tough decisions about the Oxford-Cambridge arc

The recent abandonment of the expressway linking Oxford and Cambridge is the latest indication that key issues must be addressed over the Oxford-Cambridge arc, with the question still remaining over what it actually is and what it is really for.

Letter: Recent approval is a prime example of the type of unsustainable development we must reject

The recent approval of plans for a 1,100-home greenfield urban extension to Preston, despite the site being identified as open countryside in the council's adopted local plan, represents the opposite of what the planning system is meant to achieve.

Letter: Recent approval is a prime example of the type of unsustainable development we must reject

The recent approval of plans for a 1,100-home greenfield urban extension to Preston, despite the site being identified as open countryside in the council's adopted local plan, represents the opposite of what the planning system is meant to achieve.

Letter: Government u-turn on raising the affordable housing exemption threshold is very welcome

The government’s recent announcement that it will not be raising the affordable housing exemption threshold from 10 to 50 units is great news for housing associations.

Letter: A council’s local plan challenge reveals a lack of will to grapple with housing numbers

A Kent council has challenged criticism by inspectors of its local plan, which reveals a lack of willingness among some authorities to boost housing numbers and create a system that works for everyone.

Letter: It’s time for a review of misunderstood green belt policy

Far from the green belt disappearing fast, the area of green belt has actually grown over the years – and it is one of the most widely misunderstood planning policies.

Letter: The Handforth debacle shows that local democracy is too often placed in the wrong hands

Jackie Weaver became a media sensation after the recording of the December planning and environment meeting of Handforth Parish Council went viral last week. Whether she had the authority or not, most planners would recognise her predicament only too well.

Letter: In defence of town and parish councils

“Read the standing orders, read them and understand them!” It is not very often that I am surprised by text messages from my friends, most of whom do not take much interest in the inner workings of local government. But when one sent me this quote, and the link to the now-infamous video of an angry parish council member berating the council’s clerk, I knew that things had gone viral.

Latest PlanningResource News

'Ministers need to rethink planning reforms following by-election loss, says ex-Cabinet minister'

'Ministers need to rethink planning reforms following by-election loss, says ex-Cabinet minister'

A warning from a former Tory cabinet minister on the implications of yesterday's shock by-election result for the government's proposed planning changes leads our roundup of the latest news.

What the Lib Dems' shock 'Blue Wall' by-election win means for the government's planning changes

What the Lib Dems' shock 'Blue Wall' by-election win means for the government's planning changes

The Liberal Democrats' spectacular by-election win in a previously safe Tory seat in Buckinghamshire is likely to see the government face increased opposition to its proposed changes to the planning system and potentially water down the more radical measures, commentators expect.

Plans approved for 1,380-home east London estate redevelopment

Plans approved for 1,380-home east London estate redevelopment

Plans have been approved for the redevelopment of a 290-home east London housing estate into a 1,380-home mixed-use development, after officers concluded that, despite harm to local heritage assets, the "significant uplift" in the number of homes, including a rise in social units, weighed heavily in the scheme's favour.

Campaigners granted Court of Appeal hearing in bid to overturn permitted development and use class changes

Campaigners granted Court of Appeal hearing in bid to overturn permitted development and use class changes

Campaigners have revived their efforts to overturn the government's recent permitted development (PD) and use class changes by securing a hearing at the Court of Appeal, after their legal bid proved unsuccessful at the High Court last year.

CIL Watch: Seven key recommendations on developer contributions in backbench MPs’ report

CIL Watch: Seven key recommendations on developer contributions in backbench MPs’ report

A call for ministers not to scrap section 106 agreements was among the recommendations in a wide-ranging report by the Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG) Select Committee.

Housing association boss confirmed as new Homes England chief

Housing association boss confirmed as new Homes England chief

A housing association chief and former investment banker has been revealed as the new chief executive of the government's housing delivery agency.

MHCLG planning director promises impact assessment on effects of new permitted development rights

MHCLG planning director promises impact assessment on effects of new permitted development rights

The government will produce an impact assessment on the effects of the permitted development (PD) rights introduced last year, the housing ministry's director of planning told a parliamentary committee hearing this week, though he suggested it would not be published any time soon.

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