Development Management Committees should not roll over for developers

“John Harris is absolutely right (With a little imagination we can solve the housing crisis, 22 January).

But we need council planning committees to stand up to profit-driven developers and throw out schemes that don’t deliver enough affordable housing, as Southwark have just commendably done with the proposed Elephant & Castle scheme.

Unlike my own council, Waltham Forest, which last month meekly rolled over and approved a scheme for Walthamstow town centre including four monstrously out-of-scale tower blocks containing no genuinely affordable housing at all.
Graham Larkbey”