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Letter: Could air quality zone undermine London's housing goals?

Catriona Riddell's column (see Related Articles at foot of article) focuses on whether the primary objective of planmaking should be wellbeing in terms of providing the right types of housing, air quality improvement and so on, rather than how many housing units can be provided.

Letter: Over-inflated housing targets driving local opposition

Your editorial (see related articles) on the local election results suggests it is hard it is for central and local government 'to plan necessary development while retaining local residents' consent'.

Letter: Why I decided to break law over climate change

After a lifetime of paying my taxes, avoiding parking fines and generally obeying the law, a few weeks ago I defied an order to leave an Extinction Rebellion protest area, was arrested, went back, was arrested again and charged. In the back of a Black Maria I found myself face-to-face with a consultant from one of the top planning and transport consultancies who had just committed a similar offence.

Letter: Target needed to tackle overcrowded housing

London mayor Sadiq Khan should set a London Plan target for 50 per cent of new social rented homes to have three bedrooms or more to address overcrowding.

Letter: Central government needs joined-up thinking

Recent Planning articles on education funding, development corporations and the Community Infrastructure Levy demonstrate the appalling lack of any joined-up thinking in central government linking land value uplift, infrastructure provision and government investment.

Letter: Patched-up standard method unfit for purpose

Andrew Langley rightly pointed out (see related articles) that the "standard method" for assessing local housing need confirmed by the government is not fit for purpose.

Letter: Don't neglect brownfield in planning for new homes

In the London Plan, the mayor stated that "the plan aims to accommodate all of London's growth within its boundaries without intruding on its green belt or other protected open spaces".

Letter: Government to blame for planning tardiness

It is time that government chief planner Steve Quartermain started looking closer to home for solutions to speeding up the planning system.

Letter: Patched-up standard method unfit for purpose

Despite significant opposition during consultation, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has decided to alter its standard method of assessing housing need to reject the 2016-based Office for National Statistics (ONS) projections and to continue to use the out-of-date, 2014-based data instead. This does, of course, engineer stability in the forecasts, but at the cost of local housing assessments seeming ever more arbitrary.

Letter: The Housing Delivery Test sets flawed targets

The fact that the results of the government's housing delivery test (HDT) (PlanningResource, 19 February) suggest we delivered 114 per cent of housing need over the last three years in England really sums up the problem.

Latest PlanningResource News

Homes England reports rise in annual starts and completions

Homes England reports rise in annual starts and completions

The government's housing delivery body for England has seen the number of housing starts rise to its highest level in nine years, but starts on homes for social rent fell by 12 per cent, according to the latest figures.

Plans submitted for 1,100-home west London estate redevelopment

Plans submitted for 1,100-home west London estate redevelopment

Plans have been submitted for the redevelopment of part of a post-war housing estate in west London to create over 1,100 new homes.

Solihull Council secures £79,000 POCA fine against unlawful caravan business

Solihull Council secures £79,000 POCA fine against unlawful caravan business

A West Midlands man has been ordered to pay out almost £79,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) after he ran an illegal caravan storage business on his land without planning consent.

Hertfordshire councillors reject 'policy compliant' plans for 270-home mixed-use scheme

Hertfordshire councillors reject 'policy compliant' plans for 270-home mixed-use scheme

Plans for 268 homes and 1,405 square metres of office space at Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire have been rejected, despite officers' advice that the proposed scheme was policy compliant and should be approved.

Johnson pledges 'sensible changes to planning law'

Johnson pledges 'sensible changes to planning law'

A pledge from Tory leadership favourite Boris Johnson to implement "sensible changes to planning law" to speed up the roll-out of fast broadband features in today's newspaper round-up.

Councillors overrule planners to refuse 250-home Berkshire urban extension

Councillors overrule planners to refuse 250-home Berkshire urban extension

Wokingham Borough Council members have turned down proposals for 249 homes on a greenfield site allocated for housing in the authority's local plan, against the advice of officers.

Judge overturns Brokenshire's 200-home refusal for 'inadequate' land supply reasoning

Judge overturns Brokenshire's 200-home refusal for 'inadequate' land supply reasoning

A High Court judge has overturned a secretary of state refusal of 203 homes in a case that commentators say has 'important implications' for decision-makers considering whether the National Planning Policy Framework's (NPPF's) 'tilted balance' applies.

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