Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Consideration was given to the report of the Director – Place and Climate Change which detailed proposed changes to the Council’s Scheme of Delegation.
The proposed changes were mainly a consequence of the Planning Service review which had been carried out earlier this year, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. The Development Manager had been tasked with identifying areas for operational improvement. Two specific areas required improvement namely reducing the backlog of planning applications and enforcement process. Therefore, it was proposed to amend the scheme of delegation by expanding the function of signing off planning applications to principal or senior planning officers and that the legal department be consulted only on enforcement notices to speed-up processing times.
The Development Manager advised that he was currently reviewing the Council’s Enforcement Plan; once drafted this would be shared with Members for their comments / contributions. The Chairman requested that a simplified flowchart of the process with timescales be included.
After discussion, Members approved the amendments to the Scheme of Delegation as identified at Appendix A to the report and agreed that Part 8 of the Council’s Constitution be amended accordingly.
1) the officer scheme of delegation in respect of the Planning Service be amended as identified at Appendix A to the report; and
2) Part 8 of the Council’s Constitution be amended accordingly.
Publication date: 18/11/2021
Date of decision: 11/11/2021
Decided at meeting: 11/11/2021 - Planning Committee