Special measures delay over data fears

Tue 19th November 2013, 12:10 pm

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has delayed putting 26 county planning authorities in special measures due to poor performance because of concerns over the DCLG’s data.

County matter authorities that found themselves in danger of being listed have asked DCLG to make corrections to dates of submissions, and also argued that the definition of county matter application was the cause of some confusion.

For these reasons DCLG has announced the six month delay.

Authorities will be designated for special measures if they have decided on less than 30 per cent of major applications within 13 weeks between July 2011 and June 2013.

If designated, a developer can then bypass the authority and apply for planning permission directly with the Planning Inspectorate.  

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