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The Planning Service’s Improvement Plan Update Report met with approval at South Hams District Council yesterday. The Executive approved the adoption of a Local Validation Checklist and a Planning Charter that shows how the Council will improve performance and responsiveness for applicants involved within the Planning process.
The Council’s recent Planning Improvement Plan, part of the Corporate Strategy, ‘Better Lives for All’ aims to improve the service and applicants’ expectations.
To kick-start the plans following a helpful six-week public consultation in September 2021, a Local Validation List has been updated which will make the service much easier for applicants.
Now those applying for planning applications, will follow a simple checklist to find out which application forms, and supporting documents, they need to submit for the work they want to carry out and when they need to submit them. Easy!
Not only will this take some of the frustration out of the planning process and make sure that applications are accepted first time, it will also make the service much faster and reduce delays when additional information has to be requested.
The Planning Team are also very keen to promote the use of their pre-application advice service, which can provide applicants with certainty over which information they need to provide in advance of applications being submitted.
The checklist will also help the Planning team to gain information from applicants about how they are reducing their carbon footprint, achieving a 10% biodiversity net gain, better provision of open spaces, sport and recreation and protecting the countryside and heritage assets. It will also go towards meeting the Council’s goal for Climate Change and Biodiversity.
Along with the Local Validation List, the newly approved Planning Charter sets out how the Planning Service will work with developers and the community on applications.
The Charter makes clear what those using the service can expect to receive from their service. What their vision is with respect to customer service and realistic expectations for timescales, but also what is at the heart of the service the Planning Team provide.
In return, they also ask for some commitments of their own. They ask for consideration of their staff, for developed quality and sustainable designs and that applicants follow policies and guidance.
The full charter will be available for public viewing from Friday 1 April.
Cllr Judy Pearce, Leader of South Hams District Council, said: “This is a positive step forward in making the planning process a simpler process for everyone. The improved performance will mean better clarity, accuracy and responsiveness from householders asking for a one-time application, small business applicants, right up to large-scale house builders and developers.
“We know there is much we have to do to ensure we get it right and we are working hard on our improvements to do just that. However, the Charter is a joint agreement between both sides so everyone can do the best they can for each other. For that to happen, we need applicants to play their part too, to make sure that the process runs smoothly.”
To read the Executive report, go to: www.southhams.gov.uk/Executive
23 February 2022
South Hams District Council’s contracted garden waste service is restarting in the spring, just in time for residents to make the most of the growing season by recycling their garden waste.
FCC Environment Ltd, who operate the service on behalf of the District Council, will begin collections once again from the week beginning Monday 28 March.
The fortnightly service was reluctantly, and temporarily, suspended in August 2021 due to the severe national driver shortages, which caused issues for all business sectors across the country, to lessen the impacts to the waste, recycling and clinical collections. Since then, a recruitment campaign has managed to recruit more drivers and loaders allowing the garden waste collections to restart.
As usual your garden waste bin will be emptied the opposite week to your grey bin. From the 25 March you can double check when your next collection day will be through the Council’s website.
To make sure as many bins as possible can be emptied quickly and efficiently, please make sure bins are not too heavy for staff to collect safely. There are weight restrictions on the bin lifts and compacted garden waste can become heavy when it starts breaking down.
If a bin is too heavy, it is at risk of being rejected. Therefore, please remove some of the garden waste before collection is due and save this for the next collection date. Only one brown bin will be collected so crews can get around as many properties as possible, as quickly as they possibly can.
The Council is asking that residents put their bin out by 7am at their collection points on their scheduled day.
There is also helpful advice and information of what can go into the brown bin, along with some frequently asked questions.
Don’t forget the service will continue as it has in the past with collections of brown bins being made once a fortnight. Information on Garden Waste Collection dates can be found on the Council’s website from Friday 25 March.
Bigbury Parish Council has been advised that a caravan is due for collection from Park Dean, Challaborough around midday on Thursday 3rd March 2022. There may be disruption to local traffic.
Burgh Island management has submitted a multi-faceted planning application to SHDC for development on the island and on the mainland at Bigbury-on-Sea. This application will be of considerable interest to many parishioners and has been extensively discussed by the Neighbourhood Plan Committee. The Committee has submitted its report to the Parish Council for consideration. The report can be found on the Parish Council page >parish council>documents>planning matters >
Minutes of Neighbourhood Plan Committee Meeting (NPC) and via the link below:-
LIKELY DISRUPTION TO TRAVEL AROUND BIGBURY
A message has been received from Hanson Transport who move mobile homes to Challaborough through Bigbury:-
we will have 2 caravans going into and coming out of Challaborough on Tuesday morning next week (1st March 2022). They will be travelling together so should minimise any disruption.
Tel: 01759 306036
Direct Dial: 01759 488024
Mobile: 07739 320798
Hanson European Caravan Transport Ltd