Planning chiefs have thrown their weight behind plans to remove the need for councils to advertise planning applications in local newspapers.
A number of alternatives were suggested in the government’s consultation on publicity for applications, such as advertising on the internet for a period of 21 days. It is estimated that such a move could save councils around £35,000 a year each.
Site notices are currently advertised for seven days. Online applications are advertised for 14 days and in newspapers for 21 days. The proposals follow recommendations in the Killian-Pretty review.
Planning Officers Society spokesman John Silvester said: “We have been pushing for some time to allow councils to use other means such as a website.”
A pilot project relaxing statutory requirements to advertise applications in newspapers in the London Borough of Camden enabled the authority to save enough money to employ a community engagement officer for planning.