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News release


Council makes changes to its planning processes

9 July 2014

Changes are being made to the way supporters and opponents of planning applications can express their views at Allerdale Borough Council’s development panel meetings.

The decision was made following an independent peer review of how the Council’s planning department operates. The aim is to increase public participation and give the councillors the opportunity to gain more insight into individual applications.

The peer review was carried out earlier this year and suggested that the Council could benefit from a review of the development panel procedures. This has already resulted in a reduction in the number of elected councillors sitting on the panel. The panel members and council officers have also been discussing additional ideas and this has led to the decision to give the public more opportunities to speak up about the applications which affect their communities.

From Tuesday 22 July 2014, up to four supporters will have five minutes each to speak about an individual planning application. Up to six objectors will also have five minutes each to share their views. A scheme’s applicant, or their representative, then be allowed five minutes to make their case, unless there has been more than one speaker before them, in which case they will entitled to give a 10 minute presentation.

One thing that has not changed is the time allocated to Ward Councillors and representatives of Parish or Town Councils. They will also have five minutes to speak for or against an application, as they do now.

Councillor Peter Bales, Chair of Allerdale Borough Council’s Development Panel, said: “The review by the Planning Advisory Service came up with a number of ideas about how we could make our processes more efficient. We hope this new approach will work really well in development panel meetings – more people will be able to make their views known, and, for the first time, the public will be able to speak in favour of applications. It will give more balanced information to those councillors who are making the decisions, and give them a broader perspective on individual applications.”

Councillor Mark Fryer, Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive Member with responsibility for planning policy, said: “We’re always looking for ways to improve the services we offer and the processes we go through in our decision making, which is why this peer review was so valuable.

“I know that planning applications can be one of the most contentious issues for communities and I hope the public will feel more included in the decision-making process when more people can speak in favour, or against, individual planning applications.”

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