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Meeting of the Executive held on 01/03/2005
Delegation of Authority to Make Planning Applications



Summary & Purpose
To delegate to the Director of Housing the authority to make planning applications in accordance with Regulation 3 of the Town and Country Planning (General) Regulations 1992.

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APPENDIX H
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

EXECUTIVE - 1ST MARCH 2005

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Title:

DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY TO MAKE PLANNING APPLICATIONS

[Wards Affected: All]
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Summary and purpose:

To delegate to the Director of Housing the authority to make planning applications in accordance with Regulation 3 of the Town and Country Planning (General) Regulations 1992.

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

E-Government implications:

There are no E-Government implications.

Resource and legal implications:
Any works that will be carried out as a result of planning permissions obtained under the delegated power proposed will be carried out within the provisions of the Housing Revenue Account or HRA Major Repairs Allowance Capital budget for 2004/05 and subsequent years and under the Council’s Policy for Disabled Adaptations to Council (Managed) Properties.

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Introduction

1. At present, before the Housing Department can make any planning applications, the Director of Housing is required to formally seek authority to do so from the Executive. This includes minor works relating to Disabled Adaptations and car parking. It is proposed primarily in order to expedite matters, that the Director of Housing be given delegated authority to make planning applications relating to disabled adaptations and car parking. It is also proposed that before any planning application is made, the local members be informally advised as a matter of courtesy. Proposals for planning applications – other than disabled adaptations and car parking - will be brought before the Executive in the usual way.

Disabled Adaptations

2. Within the HRA Major Repairs Allowance Capital budget for 2004/05 money has been identified to carry out adaptations to properties where an occupant is considered disabled.

3. The Surrey County Council Occupational Therapist advises the Council on what disabled adaptations are necessary and appropriate for the individual with the disability, within the context of the family and home environment. The Council is following their recommendations in this case.

4. In addition, Housing Officers consider under the Council’s Policy for Disabled Adaptations to Council (Managed) properties, whether it is reasonable or practicable to carry out these recommendations. The officers consider the size of the property in relation to the medium and long term family needs, the ‘reletability’ of the property with such adaptations, whether the tenant in the property is in rent arrears or they or their family are in breach of any other tenancy conditions such as anti-social behaviour.

5. In a number of cases, requests for major adaptations are identified where substantial alterations and / or extension are required in order to provide the facilities necessary for the disabled occupant and their family. The extent of the work frequently requires planning permission.

Parking Provision and Improvement

6. The Housing Department has been working in a variety of ways to improve the problems associated with parking on Council estates, for individual tenants and residents with communal parking.

7. A number of the estates within the Borough, when originally constructed, had a limited provision for parking of residents and visitors’ vehicles. With the increased use of the motor car, the limited parking has created difficulties on many estates.

8. Parking can be a great source of tension and often leads to neighbour disputes and, indeed, some anti-social behaviour. Officers in the Housing Department have been developing a range of ways of working to help reduce these problems.

9. In some circumstances the only way to overcome some of the problems is with the provision of additional parking areas or improvements to existing areas. This has been recognised and numerous schemes to improve existing and provide new parking areas have been successfully undertaken. The proposals for any parking improvements are developed by officers in consultation with any tenant representative groups in the area. Most work of this type requires planning permission.

Planning Permission

10. In order for the Housing Department to make a planning application a first resolution in accordance with Regulation 3 of the Town and Country Planning (General) Regulations 1992 is required. This means that a report must be presented to and agreed by the Executive. This inevitably generates a delay for any project where planning permission is required thus extending the period when either the disabled person is without the facilities we intend to provide or the residents and visitors of the estate continue to experience difficulties.

11. The proposal is to delegate to the Director of Housing the authority to make planning applications for any disabled adaptation or parking improvement or provision scheme in accordance with Regulation 3 of the Town and Country Planning (General) Regulations 1992.

12. It is intended that local members will be advised, as a matter of courtesy, of any planning application that the Director is intending to make.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the Director of Housing be delegated the authority to make planning applications for any disabled adaptation or parking improvement or provision scheme in accordance with Regulation 3 of the Town and Country Planning (General) Regulations 1992, and that the Scheme of Delegation to officers be revised accordingly.

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Background Papers (DoH)

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

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CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Mr A Booker Telephone: 01483 523076

E-mail: ajbooker@waverley.gov.uk

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