Andrew Hill in his letter concerning revisions to PPG3 (April 15, page 40), dismissively and wrongly considered that local authorities do not have the ability to determine housing needs and will make prejudiced decisions.

Some might consider that he, as a construction director, is somewhat prejudiced in his stated preference for “the operation of a free market to match supply to demand”. He also appears to have confused aspirational demand, which has led to the country’s present mismatch of household needs and provision, with real housing need.

Ted Samples, housing, legal and planning consultant