Planning Review welcomed | Coleraine Times

The findings were presented to elected members at the Corporate Policy and Resources Committee meeting on Tuesday, September 28, with later ratification at the complete Council meeting on October 5.

The Mayor, Councillor Richard Holmes, said: “We have listened to the feedback generated by the review course of action, and this has given the Planning Department renewed focus, with a commitment to positive and proactive engagement with all planning partners.

“We want to see a revitalised service which is basic for the future wealth, sustainability and well-being of the Borough, and the review’s recommendations will underpin this.

“We’ve already sought to generate positive change including the creation of a Service Level Agreement with DfI Roads to reduce consultations which will ease the processing of some local applications.

“Discussions with other statutory bodies will continue as we strive to deliver further similar agreements. We recognise that working together with our customers is a meaningful factor in improving the planning performance for all and I look forward to seeing continued progress on the review’s implementation plan which will further enhance our current position.

“I would like to thank our Planning staff for their commitment to continued improvement, in addition as all of those who participated in the review as we aim to shape a future Planning service that we can all be proud of.”

The latest provisional statistics from the Department for Infrastructure show that Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council issued the highest number of major planning applications from April – June this year with a 100% approval rate.

Alongside this, the approval rate for all planning applications in the Borough is higher than the Northern Ireland average at 97.2% for residential applications and 95.9% overall.

Enforcement situations brought to conclusion are also above average at 76.9%.

The Mayor additional: “The timely release of the quarterly statistics mirror an current excursion within the Planning Department to enhance performance and ease appropriate development in our Borough. We want to build on this to ensure we deliver the best possible outcomes for the area.”

Council will now establish a new Working Group to develop, implement and monitor an Action Plan based on its recommendations.

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