Council planning service shows Rotherham is open for business

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Rotherham Planning Service is a finalist in the category for Local Authority Planning Team of the Year at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2018. The RTPI Awards are the most established and respected awards in … Continue reading

Planning Board Thursday, 26th October, 2017 10.15 a.m.

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Planning Board Thursday, 26th October, 2017 10.15 a.m. Attendance details Agenda frontsheet PDF 31 KB Agenda reports pack PDF 2 MB Venue: Town Hall, Moorgate Street, Rotherham. S60 2TH Webcast: https://rotherham.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/313718 For more please click: Webcasts

Outrage at Planning Board – make your own mind up.

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Planning Board Thursday, 5th October, 2017 9.00 a.m. Attendance details Agenda frontsheet PDF 30 KB Agenda reports pack PDF 1006 KB Venue: Town Hall, Moorgate Street, Rotherham. S60 2TH Webcast: https://rotherham.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/309771 For more please click: Webcasts

Rotherham councillors to be handed back powers

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Rotherham councillors to be handed back powers ROTHERHAM councillors are set to take back some decision-making powers from Government-appointed commissioners after the Government agreed services were “of predominantly good quality, well-run and have strong leadership in place”. Housing, education, public … Continue reading

Integrity! Integrity! Integrity!

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Local planning authorities need integrity

Thursday, 02 August 2012

Chris Shepley (Planning 13 July) helpfully reminds us of the integrity and rigour of PINS. We need these qualities in LPAs and his comments should prompt us to look at how they measure up to them. I fear some would be found wanting.

While recent cuts, and those to come, will have severe consequences, we must ask: even before the Coalition Government, were some authorities adequately resourced? Local plan preparation is to be expedited. Many authorities will have to use consultants, a second best solution, but one in which professionally informed, in-house, guidance is essential. Will it be in place?

Some authorities undertake consultations subject to a fee. It is not unknown for a development manager to be given a target for application fees. Actions such as these and the attitudes they reflect are an affront to public service.

One suspects that many councillors, perhaps some planners, fail to see that the introduction of application fees, now irreversible, was a deplorable step, perhaps the start of a distorted view of service provision. The rot set-in long ago and some now see planning as a means of trading a permission for various benefits, and to hell with standards. This is an approach which could be attractive to cash strapped authorities: the control of development as a revenue/capital earning opportunity. Failures, since 1947, in the need to find political agreement on recouping some of the enhanced value of development land is no excuse.

Yet another trend inimical to good practice can be seen in placing the planning function into the hands of some chief officer devoid of any relevant experience or qualification. This damages career structures and can readily lead to the head of service being seen as a ‘fixer’, an officer more responsive to political whim than consistency and good practice. A professionally led planning department will more readily save time and costs for the benefit of all.

We have always had those in the development industry who approach planning and environmental protection as predators. Do some in the public service feel justified in taking a comparable attitude, as it were, from the other side of the fence?

Many thanks to our observant source, for bringing our attention to this, rather thought provoking piece, from Planning.

Is It Pantomime Season Again?

FOI 2012.07.09 – PLANNING PERMISSION FOR SIGNAGE

Dear freedomofinformation@rotherham.gov.uk

As an active and empowered citizen with an interest in the costs and activities of RMBC Elected Members and Officers who govern our town with the consent of the electorate I wish to obtain the following information.

I require you to supply me with the following information under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act.

1. Please provide me with a copy of the Planning Approval Notice for all of the signage attached to the “MyPlace – Rotherham” building, some of which is identified in the attached photo taken at 16:59 hrs today, Monday 9 July 2012.

2. Please provide me with a copy of the Officer Approval Report and/or the Agenda and Minutes of the RMBC Planning Board Meeting at which Planning Consent was granted for the erection of the signage attached to the “MyPlace – Rotherham” building identified in the attached photo taken at 16:59 hrs today, Monday 9 July 2012.

Please provide the above information in electronic format and within the time scale prescribed in the Freedom of Information Act.

Yours Sincerely,
Donald H. Buxton

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Fresh in from RMBC Press Office

Saw this tweeted by RMBC Press Office. Thought readers would appreciate the information, better late than never?

Members of the public are invited to attend the Planning Board meeting tomorrow at 10.15am at Rotherham Town Hall:

Readers might like to have a look at the papers for Thursday’s meeting, click on the link:

Agenda – Planning Board Thursday 2012 at 10:15 at the Town Hall.

Papers Pack – Planning Board Thursday 2012 at 10:15 at the Town Hall.

Hope an observant reader spots something interesting and shares it with us.

RMBC Planning website