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Date published: 18th May 2020
North Norfolk District Council are committed to supporting post COVID 19 business recovery and ensuring the safety of our community and staff throughout the pandemic. We are seeking to address some concerns raised by applicants and architects, and are pleased that we have been able to revise our planning decision time estimates, and apologise for any concerns our interim arrangements caused.
We are adopting new working practices to keep business moving and comply with the safety restrictions imposed by the Government’s lock down measures. We are striving to provide an efficient and timely Planning & Building Control services that supports restarting the Construction Industry and the economic recovery of our District.
Since restrictions were imposed on March 23 our planning team have issued 297 decisions for a wide range of applications. We have focused on clearing applications which have all site inspections and consultations completed. Our Local Plan Review timetable is being updated.
We continue to support requests for property searches for people now able to move house. Our Building Regulations inspections have utilised innovative ways of working to keep business moving.
NNDC has ensured democracy remains at the heart of our planning service. Our Development Committees has utilised video conferencing for Councillors, Parish Councils and interested parties to ensure democratic decision making. At Great Ryburgh, we have extended consultation periods to allow greater community engagement in the Neighbourhood Plan and the Crisp Maltings applications. We are committed to enabling our community to have its say on planning matters and keeping the process moving.
To keep business moving we have posted over 150 site notices to publicise planning applications since April 27. Please use of our public access web site pages for viewing, commenting and updating on the progress of planning applications.
As restrictions are changing, we will be reducing the requirement for lengthy extension of time periods to determine new applications. New ways of working to better enable decisions will be introduced by 1 June. For recent and new applications there will be requests for agents & applicants to provide photographic and video evidence to facilitate assessment to be made, where necessary and safe then on-site inspections may take place.
Our normal capacity has been reduced as the teams have supported the council’s response to our community’s needs. We have also respected the needs of those within our team who have been shielding and are within vulnerable groups. In these challenging times we appreciate our customer’s patience and assistance.
With your support and these revised measures in place we will be able to continue our support for business in North Norfolk and development sector in North Norfolk. Keep up to date with our services on the Planning and Building Control COVID19 web page.
Last updated: 18th May 2020