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A report published this week by the Welsh government reveals that, as at 1 April 2012, 16 out Wales’ 25 local planning authorities – 64 per cent – had less than five years housing land supply.
According to the document, by comparison, 12 local planning authorities had less than five years housing land supply in 2011, ten of which still have less than five years supply in 2012.
Subtitled parodies of the acclaimed Second World War film Downfall, which portrays Hitler’s final days in the Berlin bunker, have spread across the internet like wildfire, with hundreds of spoof clips emerging. In this clip, posted earlier this month on YouTube by Rob Roberts, the Nazi dictator is furious when a planning inspector’s report highlights a five-year housing land supply shortfall and says that a further 2,000 homes are needed.
The TaxPayers’ Alliance’s latest missive has grabbed the headlines today for suggesting that local authorities can save money by using cattle and sheep to graze on council land rather than spending money on grass cutting.
Controversial rules allowing offices to be converted to homes without the need for planning permission have now been in place for nearly six months, but details on the take-up of the new permitted development rights remain sketchy. Are applications continuing to pour in after an initial flurry of activity, or has interest died down? We examine data from one south-west London borough to try to find out.
The Welsh government this week published a useful document showing the progress of Wales’ local planning authorities in preparing local development plans. According to the document, of Wales’ 24 local planning authorities, only 11 – or 45.8 per cent – have an adopted local development plan in place.
Following yesterday’s reshuffle, the Department for Communities and Local Government has helpfully published details of its new-look ministerial team. So who has been appointed to Eric Pickles’ new team and what are their responsibilities? Read on to find out.
Poundbury in Dorset, based on design principles drawn up by the Prince of Wales, may not be everybody’s cup of tea – it has been described by critics as a “toy town” and soulless – but it has one influential fan. Planning minister Nick Boles declared it one of his two “favourite places” speaking at a Tory party conference fringe event last week.
Despite asserting that “the most beautiful places in England” were created before the planning system was set up, Boles told the event, organised by ConservativeHome, that Poundbury and New Hall, in Harlow, Essex, were two examples of contemporary successes.
Is planning the friend or foe of prosperity?
The debate has been going on ever since the system was created. But the stakes have rarely seemed so high as over the past few years, with a government in place that is willing to dispense with regulation or processes that it believes to be obstructing economic recovery.
Hence the teatime debate on the Saturday of last weekend’s Planning Summer School at Leeds University, which took that question as its starting point, felt genuinely relevant to delegates’ career prospects.
“What excites a planner doesn’t excite the public,” says Phil Skill, star of BBC2’s recent fly-on-the-wall documentary The Planners. But the broadcaster announced in August that it had recommissioned the show: clearly something about planning has captured the public imagination enough to merit a second series. Tomo Taka reports.