The City Council is introducing changes to the planning department in an attempt to make it easier for developers and the business community to engage with the planning process.
The changes are the result of lobbying from organisations such as the Economic Partnership and concerns over excessive delays expressed by users of the system. The city’s second largest private landlord has threatened to abandon Brighton & Hove after receiving five rejections in six years for an application to develop the Gala bingo site in Portland Road [see earlier stories].
A Service Improvement Board has been established to oversee the improvements which will include the council’s CEO John Barradell, council leader Mary Mears, a developer, an architect and a commercial agent.
Details of the changes will be announced at a meeting on 11th May in the Royal Pavilion and are likely to include greater contact between applicants and planning officers at the pre-application stage, greater flexibility over Section 106 payments, design workshops to address specific themes and more detailed planning briefs for key sites.
For more information about the meeting contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01273 290000.
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