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Boost for planning service

Published on Tuesday, 10th October 2017

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Hambleton’s planning service is to get a £260,000 a year boost.

Eight new posts are to be created – including two graduate trainee planners – to cope with the increase in planning applications.

Members of the authority’s Cabinet today (Tuesday) gave approval to the improvements – agreeing to offset some of the annual cost with the income generated from the expected national 20% increase in planning fees.

They were told that the unit had come under increased pressure over recent months due to staffing issues and an upturn in applications as well as enforcement cases.

“Following a thorough review of the service it has become clear that in order to deal with these issues we need additional resources brought in – and brought in as quickly as possible,” said Council Leader, Councillor Mark Robson.

“We need to invest in one of our most important services, especially one of the most public ones. We are seeing an upsurge in applications so not only do we need the officers to deal with them but it means we can divert the expected additional income from them to help pay for an improved service.

“The improvements will also see two graduates employed as part of a plan to ‘home grow’ future planners.”

The new posts will be advertised on hambleton.gov.uk

  • Next year (2018/19) the new posts are expected to cost an additional £257,510 – with around £100,000 of it offset by the expected increase in planning fees. That increase was included in a government whitepaper earlier this year but there is no indication of when it will be implemented.