The current restrictions under which the Council is operating arising from the Covid 19 outbreak have impacted on the ability of the organisation to determine planning applications in accordance with the normal arrangements for decision making set out in the Council’s Constitution. In April 2020, using the urgent action procedures contained within the Council’s Constitution, the Chief Executive delegated all matters of town and country planning to the Head of Planning and Building Control in consultation with the members of the Planning Regulatory Board for a period three months subject to a further review at that point in the light of the position with regard to restrictions social distancing arising from the Covid 19 outbreak. This was then extended by a further 3 months in July and November.
As circumstances remain unchanged (ie the Planning & Regulatory Board is still meeting virtually) and that the amended process is operating successfully, it is proposed to continue with the arrangements for another 3 months, until the expiry of the The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 on 6 May 2021.
Source of Delegated Powers
The extended delegation was made under urgent action procedures contained within the Council’s Constitution, which authorise the Chief Executive to discharge the Council’s power to delegate non-executive functions to officers.
The decision was taken by the Executive Director, Place in consultation with the Place Cabinet Spokesperson.
Decision type: Non-key
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Notice of proposed decision first published: 19/02/2021
Department: Place Directorate