Planning Peer Review
Until further notice due to the Coronavirus we are unable to accept PAPER planning applications, comments on planning applications, compliance complaints or forms relating to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) as all staff are now working from home. Planning applications must be made electronically via the planning portal www.planningportal.co.uk . Comments on planning applications must be made on the online by searching for the application on the website and entering a comment https://www.arun.gov.uk/weekly-lists , compliance complaints must be made on the online form https://www.arun.gov.uk/planning-compliance and the submission of CIL forms (with the exception of CIL Form 1 which must be submitted with the planning application itself) must be sent to CIL@arun.gov.uk.
We are working towards setting up a Development Control Committee for 27 May 2020 to determine planning applications in the normal way. The Government are setting out legislation on how this should be achieved. The Government sent a letter to local councils recently, which is attached here: Chief Planners Newsletter - March 2020.pdf [pdf] 135KB . There is currently no change to the Council’s scheme of delegation and applications will still need to be determined at a Committee meeting if necessary. It is highly likely that this meeting (and future meetings) will be held remotely or with a reduced number of members and details will be published when they have been agreed.
We will not issue any delegated officer decision to approve a major application or a minor application where there are a significant number of objections and the Parish/Town Council have not had the opportunity to comment because of the Covid 19 Pandemic until consultation has been carried out with the Chairman of the Development Control Committee and Portfolio Holder for Planning to confirm that they are in agreement that a decision can be issued.
Arun District Council took part in a Planning Peer Review from 6-8 June 2018 which focused on the Planning Service.
Peer Reviews are not an inspection but they are a robust and effective improvement tool managed and delivered by those working in Local Government. The Peer Team reviewed a range of our documents, the Planning Service’s performance and talked to people within the Service, across the Council and externally to gain a rounded opinion of what the Planning Service did well and areas for potential improvement. The attached report sets out their findings.
The Council will be preparing a response to the various recommendations in the report which will be considered by the Council’s Cabinet in September 2018.