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Strategic Planning Team - Future Capacity Needs (EX/20/06)

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


Decision that


1.    expenditure of up to £30k to implement the proposed structure within the current 2019/2020 financial year, funded from the in-year revenue budget surplus (see 8.1), be agreed.


2.    expenditure of up to £194k to implement the three fixed term posts for a two year period to be funded from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) admin fund and external planning grants (see 8.2), be agreed.


3.    the cost of the permanent established posts of £77k (including on costs) funded from additional income generated by the new structure (see 8.5), be noted.


Reasons for the Decision


The purpose of this report is to approve the financial implications associated with the proposals agreed by the Personnel Committee from the Head of Planning and Economic Development for the resourcing of the Strategic Planning Team, which sought to address capacity issues within the Strategic Planning Team and relevant recommendations arising from the independent Peer Review of Planning undertaken by the East of England Local Government Association (EELGA) dated 27 September 2019.


Executive approval is required to allow additional capacity within the Strategic Planning team, for the reasons outlined in section 5 of this report.

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

The Executive could choose to implement only parts of the proposed structure or to retain the existing structure within the Planning Strategy Team.  However, the work currently being undertaken by the team will shape development in the Borough up until 2036, impacting on the quality of place experienced by residents, businesses, workers and visitors for generations to come.  The Council’s new Local Plan, being prepared to a timetable of adoption in 2021, is key to the spatial implementation of policies to address the Council’s priorities.  Delay to the Local Plan timetable could delay or frustrate achieving these priorities (for example spatial responses to the declared climate emergency). These options are therefore not recommended.


Key Points Arising from the Discussion

Report author: Adrien Waite

Publication date: 21/01/2020

Date of decision: 15/01/2020

Decided at meeting: 15/01/2020 - Executive

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