Report to follow.
Councillor Paul Moore, Chair of the Planning Enforcement Working party introduced the item and gave a feedback report to the Panel. The Panel was asked to either adopt the recommendations in the working party report or adopt an alternative approach to the review.
Members made comments and asked questions as follows:
Iain Livingstone, Planning Applications Manager responded as follows:
Councillor Bayford introduced the item and proposed that the Panel set up a working party with a membership of seven. The working party would have a single meeting to consider how best the Overview and Scrutiny Panel could inform the review of planning enforcement protocol.
Councillor Garner spoke under Council Procedure 20.1.
Members made comments as follows:
· There were a number of climate emergency policies being adopted by Thanet District Council;
· These policies had implications for planning permission compliance for any planning applications being submitted in the district;
· Currently officers made follow ups only when there were complaints received regarding a development;
· The current enforcement team was not resourced enough to be proactive in monitoring compliance;
· The review of the current enforcement protocol should be open to the public;
· It was suggested that the working party being proposed should have a wider remit that would include meeting with managers and inviting stakeholders before proposing any changes;
· There was a need to know more about how other similarly sized councils were managing this issue.
Councillor Bayford and Madeline Homer, CEx responded as follows:
· Scarcity of resources was the reason why the Panel would be suggesting this time around for a single meeting by the proposed working party;
· This approach had been agreed with the officers;
· Once it was viewed necessary and appropriate at a later stage, a working party with a bigger remit could be set up;
· It was important to manage the public’s expectations from such a review;
· The work of the panel had been finely balanced with the finite resources that the council had;
· Consideration had also to be given to the fact that officers would need to set aside time to support this work stream.
Members agreed to set up a Planning Enforcement Review Working party with a membership of seven to consider how best the Overview and Scrutiny Panel could inform the review of planning enforcement protocol. The working party would have a single meeting before reporting back to the Panel.
Thereafter the Chair called on volunteers to be on this working party and the following Members volunteered:
Councillor Lynda Piper;
Councillor Paul Moore;
Why is the planning enforcement process seemingly so slow in Thanet and how can it be made more efficient?
Iain Livingstone, Planning Manager introduced the report and made the following comments:
Members asked questions and made comments as highlighted below: