Fast-track scheme launched

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

COUN­CIL chiefs are to set up a new plan­ning team to fast-track ma­jor schemes.

The Pri­or­ity Plan­ning Ap­pli­ca­tions (PPA) ser­vice is for projects which cre­ate more than 200 jobs, build more than 500 homes, are ma­jor or sig­nif­i­cant sites, or are ca­pa­ble of re­leas­ing grant aid.

Cheshire East Coun­cil leader, Coun­cil­lor Michael Jones, said: “This new ini­tia­tive would de­velop a new rev­enue stream for the coun­cil but, more im­por­tantly, this is about im­prov­ing the de­liv­ery of key plan­ning de­ci­sions in what is one of the busiest plan­ning author­i­ties in the coun­try.

“A PPA would al­low resources to be pro­vided and tar­geted to deal with the most eco­nom­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived by this author­ity – that would bring sig­nif­i­cant jobs, hous­ing and in­fras­truc­ture in­vest­ment to the bor­ough.

“It would also give greater con­fi­dence to in­ward in­vestors and busi­nesses that Cheshire East can han­dle ma­jor plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions in a proac­tive and ef­fi­cient way.”

De­vel­op­ers will be charged an ad­di­tional fee which will cover the costs of the three plan­ning of­fi­cers who form the PPA team.

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