Have your say on the future of planning in Worcestershire

efw Published Wednesday, 27th September 2017

Residents across Worcestershire are being encouraged to share their views on the future of planning in the County.

Worcestershire County Council  are responsible for planning matters ranging from minerals developments and waste management facilities, to the County Council's own developments, such as schools, roads and railway stations.                       

The Council's Planning team are currently working on updating the Planning Validation Document, which is a checklist of all the information that needs to be included with a planning application to make it valid.

The document helps applicants through the process, offering detailed information on the documents required to submit a successful planning application, and also allows the County Council to accept and validate applications more efficiently, thus reducing delays and giving greater certainty to businesses.

Beginning on Friday (September 29), residents, businesses and community groups now have the opportunity to have their say on this vital document.

Cllr Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: "Simple and effective planning processes are vital in ensuring Worcestershire is 'Open for Business' and we want to provide the opportunity for anyone interested to participate in decisions on minerals, waste and county planning matters across the county."

"We are aiming to get as many people and groups involved in the consultation as possible, and so there are a number of ways people can contact us and have their say.

"I'd encourage anyone interested to take a look at the draft documents and get in touch with us to share their thoughts."

The consultation on the Planning Validation Document Review runs from 29 September to 10 November 2017.

The Document can be viewed on the County Council's website at: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/validdoc. Paper copies of the draft document can also be viewed at County Hall, Worcester.

To make a comment on the Draft Planning Validation Document, email your thoughts to validdoc@worcestershire.gov.uk or send a letter to: Development Control, Worcestershire County Council, Directorate of Economy and Infrastructure, County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester, WR5 2NP.

Anybody wishing to discuss the consultation should please contact Mr Steven Aldridge – Senior Principal Planner, by calling 01905 843510 or emailing validdoc@worcestershire.gov.uk.