Published: Wednesday, 10th June 2020
Broadland District Council is reassuring its residents that the Council’s planning department is still available to help residents with advice and is continuing to process planning applications.
One of the unintended consequences of the 12 week lockdown is that people have had the opportunity and time to look around their homes and consider how they might be improved. Plans for extension and improvements that had previously been put off until a later date are now starting to come forward.
Broadland District Council Cabinet Member Lana Hempsall said:
“I would like to reassure our residents that if they want to make improvements to their homes or to find out if they need planning permission for an extension we are still here to help. Our officers can offer advice and thanks to our use of modern technology, planning decisions are still being made.”
As soon as the government announced the lockdown the Council acted quickly to make sure that advice was available on the council’s website and staff and Members started working from home to ensure that essential services, including planning continued to be available to residents.
Councillor Hempsall added:
“Both members and Officers have found new ways to work. It’s not been possible to make some site visits but rather than putting everything on hold, we have been using aerial photographs, street views and previous records to help with our decisions.
“Both members and officers have taken these new challenges in their stride and we have embraced modern technology and virtual meetings to make sure that residents get a decision on their planning applications, as soon as possible.”
Broadland District Council’s next virtual planning meeting will be held on Wednesday 17 June at 9.30am. The meeting will be live streamed and can be viewed by visiting https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZciRgwo84-iPyRImsTCIng.
The agenda has been published on the Council’s website, including instructions for those who would like to register to speak at the meeting.