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D&PA to 'fast track' planning applications

D&PA to 'fast track' planning applications

Wednesday 30 September 2020

D&PA to 'fast track' planning applications

The Development & Planning Authority has made some changes to the way it operates, after waiting times for applicants doubled following lockdown.

The D&PA built up a backlog of applications following lockdown, when the average timescale for a decision doubled from eight weeks to 16.

To combat the lengthy waiting times, the D&PA has introduced a 'fast track' approach to domestic and other more minor applications, which will see most decisions made in less than eight weeks.

The new system is already underway and is freeing up officer resources to concentrate on more substantial applications. The D&PA said normal amenity safeguards for neighbours remain, with statutory site notices and the ability to make representations.

Meanwhile, a review of the planning exemptions has been proposed and could lead to more works bypassing the requirement for planning permission.

Deputy Dawn Tindall

Pictured: Deputy Dawn Tindall is the current President of the D&PA.

"I am very pleased that we have been able to progress with this package of measures which, through the 'fast track' approach, is already starting to clear the backlog of applications which have built up in the post-lockdown period," said Director of Planning, Jim Rowles.

"It is imperative that planning delays are eliminated so far as possible and priority given to the more substantial development actions, so we can fulfil our key role in helping to bring development projects to site and thereby assist the economy and help Guernsey to build back better."

The D&PA has also recommended further work to extend the exemptions and fast track r'easonable adaptions' to property to improve accessibility and for renewable energy developments.

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