Planning service changes on way
CHANGES are on the way to Argyll and Bute Council’s planning application service, including a charge for ‘significant’ applications.
The council says changes to the pre-application advice service aim to speed up applications and help applicants find out what they need to do to make a successful planning application.
Coming into force on Monday July 10, the service will provide people with a clear and concise system for applying for planning consent.
Councillor David Kinniburgh, who is the council’s Planning and Regulatory Services spokesman, said: ‘As a council, the cornerstone of our vision is to do everything we can to encourage people to live here, work here and invest here.
‘That’s why we have always striven to welcome and support development, enabling it to take place and not putting unnecessary barriers in people’s way.
‘We will always work with people – be they householders or businesses – to do what’s required to make sure they have the best chance of getting planning consent.
‘Using our pre-application advice system for all potential developments means people will be accessing a streamlined, clear, efficient and consistent process.’
From July 10, the council will introduce charging for those proposals defined as ‘locally significant’ – medium- and large-scale projects and major developments based on the nature and scale of development.
Proposals for householder and small-scale development will not incur a fee.