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Meeting of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 18/10/2004
Review of Development Control



Summary & Purpose
The purpose of this report is to remind members of the terms of reference of the review of Development Control and provide a list of the speakers who will be attending the meeting to give evidence as part of the information gathering process.

Quality of Life Implications
Natural Resource Use
Pollution Prevention and Control
Biodiversity and Nature
Local Environment
Social Inclusion
Safe Communities
Local Economy
Natural
Resource Use
Pollution
Prevention and Control
Biodiversity
and Nature
Local
Environment
Social
Inclusion
Safe, Healthy
and Active
Communities
Local
Economy
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Negative


APPENDIX A

WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

ENVIRONMENT AND LEISURE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE
18TH OCTOBER 2004

Title:
REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENT CONTROL

[Wards Affected: All]

Summary and Purpose:

The purpose of this report is to remind members of the terms of reference of the review of Development Control and provide a list of the speakers who will be attending the meeting to give evidence as part of the information gathering process.

Quality of life implications – social, environmental & economic (sustainable development):

Conducting a review of Development Control will not of itself have any implications for the quality of life issues set out above. However, any outcomes of the review should have a positive impact across all or most of the quality of life indicators.

E-Government implications:

The review will consider how E-Government initiatives could contribute to addressing the problems of fly tipping.

Resource and legal implications:

There are no direct resource and legal implications associated with this report other than the officer time involved in the review which can be contained within approved budgets.

Scope of the review

1. In April 2004, the Audit Commission’s report on its Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA) of the Council found that Development Control performance was poor and not improving. This judgement was based largely on performance as measured by the Best Value Performance Indicators (BVPIs) for planning. These indicators measure the speed with which planning applications are determined. The objective of the review of Development Control is to make recommendations to the Executive about ways to improve performance against the BVPIs.

2. To achieve this objective the following key questions are to be addressed: What are the Council’s objectives in relation to planning?
How do high-performing Councils do it?
What do planning officers say is slowing things down?
What is members’ perception of their role in the planning process?

3. The review would also examine the BVPIs and Waverley’s performance relative to other authorities and to this end the Committee have been receiving regular information about on-going performance as measured by the BVPIs.

The review process

4. The Committee as part of its information gathering process will be hearing a range of evidence from invited witnesses from other high performing local authorities. A running order of those invited to address the Committee is attached as an Annexe to this report. Each individual will be allocated fifteen minutes to present their evidence after which members of the Committee may ask questions.

5. The prime purpose of the above process is to enable the Committee to gather information in an open and public forum. The Committee will not be expected to reach its conclusions on the review at this meeting but a report summarising the evidence will be prepared and presented to a future meeting of the Committee. At that meeting the Committee would consider whether it has received sufficient evidence and, if so, formulate any recommendations it might wish to make to the Executive.

6. Members’ views have been sought via a questionnaire and a Sub-Committee was established to interview planning and some other staff on their views on improving the service. The results of both exercises will be reported to the next meeting of the Committee.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the report be received.

Background Papers (CEx)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.

CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Roger Standing Telephone: 01483 523221
Comms/O&S3/2004-05/039