Scheme to speed up minor planning applications set for go ahead

A scheme to speed up how minor residential planning applications are processed is set to be given the go ahead by Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet.

Scheme to speed up minor planning applications set for go ahead
It will see a Local Development Order introduced following a public consultation which resulted in a number of minor amendments.

The Order will mean residents wanting to extend their homes and make other minor alterations may not have to apply for planning consent, making the process more straightforward and much swifter.

Instead householders just apply to the council for a Certificate of Compliance under the Local Development Order.

The Order will last for a period of three years and some exclusions will apply where a full planning application is required including applications within the World Heritage Site, conservations areas, listed buildings and houses of multiple occupation.

The report to the Council’s cabinet in January 5 says that overall responses to the consultation supported the changes.  The consultation did lead to some changes including amending the boundary of the Newport exclusion area – ensuring changes do not impact on the historic character of the area - has been extended as a result of the public consultation.

Councillor Richard Overton. Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Housing, said: “This will significantly reduce the operating costs of processing such applications and will also simplify and speed up the process for our residents.

“We estimate that about half the applications we receive each year could be converted into Local Development Order compliant developments.”