I am a private residential developer in South London. I have worked in development for over 35 years and I am proud of our developments. The planning system through time has become an increasing nightmare to navigate with planners taking an inordinate amount of time to consider anything with a general attitude of resistance to change and a hostility and distain to the applicant who is making the planning application. We hear of developers 'hoarding land' that people say discourages development. The reality is often that the land or building is stuck in a broken planning system that takes sometimes 2 years or longer to process and conclude so it may appear that the land is being 'hoarded' when in fact it is just stuck in a bureaucratic process getting no where fast. It is a planning disgrace. And initiative after initiative to improve the planning process in our experience only marginally improves it, but it is to most applicants applying a ponderous, slow, frustrating, depressing and unfriendly experience. Town Planners rarely pick up the phone when applicants call in for help or advice, there is no 'helpful manner' to the planners' responses most of the time and as a consequence inordinate time is wasted in the planning process. Regardless of the glowing statistics that are presented in defence of the planning system to encourage the belief that all is well, I can assure you that from the 'coal face' all is not well. How on earth can we get the housing this city desperately needs in this present context of a ponderously slow and laborious planning system. No amount of housing initiatives will work and have sufficient impact without big, big changes to speed up the planning system.