Raynsford’s vision for planning is spot-on, so put his ideas in the new NPPF

Julia park

The government should stop messing with permitted development and focus on getting the fundamentals right

Increasingly, the default reaction to difficult problems that look unlikely to disappear is to set up a review or inquiry. We are currently experiencing a torrent of both, dominated most recently by the need to understand what led to catastrophic loss of life in Grenfell Tower. Here, the outcome of the Hackitt review has coincided with the public hearing stage of the Moore-Bick inquiry.

The recommendations of reviews and inquiries often end up being ignored, cherry-picked for easy wins or watered down.

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