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Title: Efficiency review report : planning liaison (planning application procedures)
Author: National Rivers Authority
Document Type: Monograph
Annotation: EA additional title info: efficiency review report planning liason
The review undertook to examine ways of improving the delivery of service concerning planning application procedures and, if possible, identify resources which could be alternatively utilised. The full terms of reference and details of the review group membership are provided in Appendix A. The NRA is a statutory consultee of Local Planning Authorities and as such are required to make responses which relay to the LPA the NRA's interests concerning planning applications. This consultation is an important procedure because, whereas the NRA may not have legislative powers to enforce certain of its regulations, it can achieve its objectives if planning decisions contain appropriate NRA comments which are then embodied in the conditions of the application when approved. At present the Region operates a visitor system whereby Area planning staff visit District Council Planning Departments to examine their current list of applications. A postal system is used where the number of planning applications are small. In principle the visitor will comment on all applications whilst at the LPA office, however, some applications require more detailed research and are brought back to the NRA. These are then passed out to the functions as part of the internal consultee process. A total of 70,000 applications per year are examined by the visitors of which 12,500 are commented upon back at NRA offices. It is estimated that 21 full time equivalent staff, are involved. 85 per cent of this cost is associated with responses back at NRA offices. More detailed statistics of staffing and costs are provided in Appendix C and D pages 21 and 22 respectively. The group identified nine key aspects of the work associated with planning application liaison around which a number of recommendations have been made.
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Publication Date: 1995
Publication Place: Bristol
Subject Keywords: PlanningCost benefit analysisNational Rivers AuthorityLand use planningEfficiencyConsultation
Extent: 42
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