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Poor Performing Planning Departments Need to Achieve Best Practice Standards

Date: 6/9/2012

The vast majority of local planning authorities are working hard to improve local plan coverage and make timely decisions. The Society would not wish to defend those that aren't and works to support Planning Officers in achieving best practice.

The intention to get poor performing councils to improve is welcomed by the Society; however, Society Spokesperson John Silvester suggested that "taking away massive planning fee income by transferring major development to the Inspectorate will not enable the poor performers to inject more resources into planning."

The Society is willing and able to support those authorities that seek to achieve best practice standards- contact John Silvester.

  • In a statement, Number 10 said that the government would "call time" on poor performing planning departments, "putting the worst into 'special measures' if they have failed to improve the speed and quality of their work and allowing developers to bypass councils".
  • written ministerial statement issued on 6th September by  Eric Pickles said: "We need to ensure that where there are clear failures in performance, that applicants are able to access a better service. ... We propose to legislate to allow applications to be decided by the Planning Inspectorate, if the local authority has a track record of consistently poor performance in the speed or quality of its decisions."

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