Plan­ning ser­vice changes on way

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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