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Exceptional planning performance in challenging circumstances

Author: Gavin Moore Published: 15th February 2017 12:47
Exceptional planning performance in challenging circumstancesExceptional planning performance in challenging circumstances

The latest figures show decisions made on building proposals in South Northamptonshire are made quickly and to a high standard.

In 2013 the government introduced a quality assurance regime for local planning authorities to ensure that they support the housing and economic growth agenda.

Between October 2014 and September 2016 South Northamptonshire Council determined 87 per cent of the biggest planning applications within the 13 to 16 week target period, exceeding the government’s target of 50 per cent.

Cllr Roger Clarke, SNC’s portfolio holder for planning and environment said: “Over recent years we have seen major changes in legislation, the introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy as well as our move to new offices. Together with a competitive labour market for planning officers it has been a challenging time for our development management team.

“And they have achieved this exceptional performance whilst balancing our policies of growing South Northants and protecting what makes it special.”

A 65 per cent target on smaller applications was exceeded by five per cent, and in terms of quality, the number of appeals allowed compared to the total number of applications determined, was less than three per cent.

Legislation enacted in 2013 enabled the Government to designate local planning authorities as underperforming on the basis of the speed and quality of their planning decisions.

If a planning authority is designated as underperforming, applications may be submitted direct to the Planning Inspectorate, resulting in the loss of control over planning decisions in its area.

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