Changes on way to planning service

Published Date: 

3 Jul 2017 - 17:00

IMPROVEMENTS are on the way to the council’s planning application service.

Forthcoming changes to the pre-application advice service aim to speed up applications and help applicants find out what they need for a successful planning application.

Coming into force on 1 August, it will provide people with a clear and concise system for applying for planning consent.

Councillor David Kinniburgh, Policy Lead for Planning and Regulatory Services, said: “As a Council the cornerstone of our vision is to do everything we can to encourage people to live here, work here and invest here.

“That’s why we have always strived to welcome and support development, enabling it to take place and not putting unnecessary barriers in people’s way.

“We will always work with people – be they householders or businesses – to do what’s required to make sure they have the best chance of getting planning consent.

 “Using our pre-application advice system for all potential developments means people will be accessing a streamlined, clear, efficient and consistent process.”

From 1 August, to support this service and to reflect the time and resources involved in reviewing proposals and production of guidance, the council will be introducing charging for those proposals defined as ‘locally significant’ – medium and large-scale projects and major development based on the nature and scale of development.

Proposals for householder and small-scale development will not incur a fee.

The council website will continue to provide information and guidance to allow individuals to self-serve minor queries and by completing the online request form applicants will be informed of any applicable charge before submitting a request for advice.    

Councillor Kinniburgh added: “There are many benefits to using the pre-application service. It will make the planning application process faster, clearer and more straightforward with the right advice and guidance provided up-front.”

Benefits include:

1.The ability to find out if proposed work is likely to be acceptable

2.Getting expert advice can add value and improve applications

3.People can agree information requirements for submissions

4.Guidance can be given before developers commit to architect or agent commissions

5.In some cases a timetable can be agreed for a decision on consent.