STRONGER LEADERSHIP AND SMARTER RESOURCING –
|16||Improve and broaden skills of planners||Planning 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.|
|17||Increase planning fees||There 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.
|18||Strengthen the way planning performance is monitored, reported and improved||Need 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.
|19||Extend the categories of ‘permitted development’ plus targeted changes to development management to enhance speed and transparency of decisions||Speed versus scrutiny? Review assumes any development is good and quick development is best. We disagree.|
|20||Make planning work better through the use of information technology||Needs to ensure that inequalities are not increased by relying heavily on IT that rural areas, disadvantaged, and older populations might be unable to access|