SIR - As the late Jacob Bronowski once said, “Ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to the pertinent answer”.

I read with interest your report on Craven District housing approvals ('Concern over speed of housing approvals', May 3), and perhaps am not the only reader who would like to thank Cllr Andrew Brown of the Green Party for asking the impertinent question.

Does not the admission by Craven District Council that it has not monitored the nature of the housing it approves (one-, two-, three- or four-bedroom) beg the question, for whom are the planners planning, and how are they doing so?

In terms of housing, where is 'localism' when local government itself cannot state what the planners have approved and what the building inspectors have seen built?

In these circumstances, are we to believe that the District Council has a handle on the nature of local housing need?

Richard Sykes, Park View, Skipton