STRONGER LEADERSHIP AND SMARTER RESOURCING

STRONGER LEADERSHIP AND SMARTER RESOURCING –

16Improve and broaden skills of plannersPlanning departments must be better resourced. Many concerns regarding lack of efficiency raised by the review could be addressed by increasing resources to over stretched planning departments.
17Increase planning feesThere is a risk that this leads to further inequalities for communities as applicants’ demand rights to a better service from paying a higher fee.

Need to add requirements to ensure what few rights communities have are underpinned and enforced.

18Strengthen the way planning performance is monitored, reported and improvedNeed to introduce proper reporting of qualitative indicators in planning performance framework relating to public engagement.

Include impact of public engagement on planning decisions and the development of places, quality of public engagement processes.

19Extend the categories of ‘permitted development’ plus targeted changes to development management to enhance speed and transparency of decisionsSpeed versus scrutiny?  Review assumes any development is good and quick development is best. We disagree.
20Make planning work better through the use of information technologyNeeds to ensure that inequalities are not increased by relying heavily on IT that rural areas, disadvantaged, and older populations might be unable to access