The Planning service is as busy as ever with large number of planning applications and enforcement queries coming through the door. Key projects are continuing to progress including City Plan 2030 and the Low Emissions Zone. At the same time, we have a continuous programme of improvement to address changes such as the new planning fees and to ensure our processes are as efficient and robust as possible.
We are pleased that a number of new assistant planners have been recruited and they will be joining us over the next few months. We are also recruiting for a new planning officer.
Whilst there is much positive news, we do recognise that planning applications are taking longer to assess and determine than we would like, and we are not always meeting our statutory timescales. We know we need to do better. We are looking at a number of measures to address the backlog.
If you have recently submitted or about to submit an application, please pay particular attention to your acknowledgement letter at this time.
Photographs & relevant contextual plans
It would help significantly if you could provide the following information at the time of application submission or upload as additional information post submission:
- Photographs showing the location of the work and the wider context (including interiors for listed building consent applications)
- Dimensions on the plans
- Contextual information i.e. neighbouring windows/ extensions (if relevant)
- 45 degree daylighting calculations (if relevant)
Please be patient and understanding – we will get there but it is going to take a little longer.