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News - 16 September 2004
Brighton Planners get it right
Brighton & Hove’s planning department had one of the worst records in the country not too long ago. Now it is winning praise from government ministers.
The department is one of just 39 in the UK that processed 60% of its applications within 13 weeks and 80% of its home applications in 8 weeks.
Over a year ago the Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership (BHEP) brokered a meeting between the planning department and the city’s commercial agents and developers to address some of the issues around delays in processing applications. Since that time the planning department has increased the number of staff to cope with the extraordinary number of applications, which are a testament to the vitality of the city.
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