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NPF calls for efficiency boost

Closer working ties between Planning and Building Control departments would improve effectiveness and efficiency in both services, a trade body has said.

Greater collaboration between the two services was called for in a report by the National Planning Forum (NPF).

The move would ensure greater clarity for the two departments’ separate, but linked, roles, according to the report called Improving the Connection. It added that it would help to avoid overlap and duplication.

Joint training for officers in both fields would develop understanding of each other’s portfolio. Another recommendation it proposes is for closer collaboration on zero carbon development.

NPF chair Coun Mike Haines said: “The National Planning Forum contributes to the discussion about England’s planning system.

“This report starts a debate about how building control and planning can work more closely together to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of both services, which are critical to delivering localism and sustainability.”

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