The mayor’s efforts to encourage more housing are to be welcomed. But unless he is given further powers over planning, developers will continue to find resistance among London’s councils, which all have their own interpretations of planning policy. Some are more forward-thinking than others. But with a rapidly-growing population and a severe lag in the number of homes being built, those councils failing to ensure enough new homes are being built are letting London down. This is not about giving developers a free reign, but weighing up the needs of new homes required, and understanding the financial constraints developers face.
Bob Weston, Weston Homes
Payday loan cap
[Re: Coalition plans loan cost cap on payday lenders, yesterday]
The vilification of payday lenders based on annual interest of almost 6,000 per cent is misleading. Loan periods are a maximum of 42 days at most firms.
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