Parishes discuss planning compliance at pilot workshop

Published Wednesday 25 September 2019

Parish Councils in the Harborough district took part in an innovative pilot workshop to look at ways to work together to ensure developers abide by planning rules.

The workshop, organised by Harborough District Council, provided an overview of planning rules and regulations and how parishes can help ensure developers adhere to planning permissions set out in decision notices.

Planning compliance workshop

Cllr Phil King, Leader of Harborough District Council, welcomed attendees to the ‘Pro-Active Planning Compliance Workshop’ which was held at the Council Chamber on Monday 23 September 2019.

Parishes were given the opportunity to sit down with planning officers, ask questions, and share ideas about dealing with the issue more effectively and how to work with officers to ensure compliance.

In June, Harborough District Council contacted all large residential development sites in the Harborough district urging that they adhere to planning conditions set out in planning permissions – such as permitted working hours, approved construction routes. This has been followed up by warnings to developers, who breach planning conditions, that enforcement action could follow.

Cllr Jonathan Bateman, Harborough District Council’s planning enforcement lead, said: “We want to be proactive and this pilot workshop provided an excellent opportunity to speak to Parish Councils to look at how we tackle this issue with developers and ensure they stick to the rules.”

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