Editor’s comment: Let’s talk about planning
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Planning is perhaps one of the things that unites us as a country - and it is certainly one of the things that divides us.
I worked on newspapers in Surrey and Devon before coming here. They’re very distinct areas and certainly very different to north London, but one thing they share is lively disputes over planning.
Every government claims to be committed to solving the housing crisis and ensuring developers deliver on affordable housing.
Robert Jenrick - who seems to have survived a remarkable political storm - last week announced the latest planning white paper/“solution”/“dog’s dinner”/“developers’ charter”*.
As ever, lots of claims are being made about what these reforms could achieve (improved consultation, “zero-carbon ready” homes, better design, protected green spaces etc).
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The consultation runs until late October (see right) and I’m sure it will attract a deluge of responses.
• We’d like to hear what people think of the proposals - and the current situation - so we’re hosting an online video chat on the subject for anyone who has an interest, or an opinion.
To join the conversation on Zoom at 5.30pm on Monday, August 24, simply send an email to email@example.com and we’ll send you a link on the day.
- 1 North London floods return – with South End Green deluged again
- 2 Haverstock Hill cycle lanes set for approval by Camden Council – again
- 3 'Body blow': Crouch End NatWest bank to close
- 4 Historic Archway site set for major housing development after land sale
- 5 Source Bulk Foods health store opens in Crouch End
- 6 'The council thought asking your view is unnecessary'
- 7 Call for answers after flood 'destroyed parents' love letters and vinyl records'
- 8 'Time for the government to face up to the climate emergency'
- 9 'No one should be aiming to breathe air that is only just legal'
- 10 Haringey Council launches investigation into land deal with rapper
It will be a free and open discussion, so whether you’re a planning expert, a developer, a councillor, an architect, a housing campaigner or simply a resident who wants to listen in, please join us for what is sure to be a lively event.
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Thursday, August 13 was an A-level results day like none before. We’ll running live coverage on hamhigh.co.uk, as well features in the next print edition. So send us your stories on the day to firstname.lastname@example.org