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Redbridge Council abolishes regional planning committees

Fri 8th August 2014, 10:56 am

Redbridge Council has agreed to abolish its regional planning committees in a bid to make its decisions more consistent, saving the council 45,000 per year.

There are three regional planning committees within the council, deciding over relatively straightforward applications such as house extensions. Decisions on these matters will now be taken directly by the chief planning officer.

The central planning committee, tasked with deciding over more complex and controversial applications, will be retained.

Councillor Helen Coomb, cabinet member for planning and regeneration, said: "We have made the decision to abolish regional planning committees as we believe the planning process will work more effectively without them."

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