County look to changes in planning

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Further details have been outlined of the review of Northumberland County Council’s planning service which is now under way.

The review has come out of a report by the council’s external auditors Deloitte, along with other reviews carried out by the Planning Officers Society Enterprises (POSE) – part of the Planning Advisory Service.

Twenty-one recommendations from the review were accepted last week by the council’s audit committee – a cross party group which includes co-opted independent representatives.

A full report on future proposals is now being prepared.

A review is now under way, and proposals for the future are scheduled to be considered by the communities and place overview and scrutiny committee at County Hall on February 24, the policy board on March 10, and full council in April.

The council is writing to all town and parish councils to provide further information about the review and the proposals for the future.

Details of proposals for the future will be contained within the report to the communities and place committee on February 24.