Nine out of ten planning applications approved

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More than nine out of ten planning applications submitted to South Holland District Council have been granted so far this year.

The council says the high rate can be attributed to its pro-active and positive approach to development, which includes its development team holding pre-application discussions on all potential development proposals.

Paul Jackson, planning manager, said: “Following the receipt of planning applications, we are negotiating wherever possible to ensure that applicants achieve a positive result whilst at the same time ensuring we continue to seek positive amendments to applications in order to mitigate any potential negative impacts on residents and to ensure good quality sustainable developments.”

This is reflected with figures of 93 per cent of all applications being granted so far in 2013.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, the council’s portfolio holder for planning, said: “South Holland has been working hard to encourage and support those wishing to invest in our district.

“In support of this, we offer potential applicants access to a pre-application consultation group, which is made up of councillors with planning experience.

This group allows potential applicants to gain an early insight into issues that could be of concern to residents, or the wider community.

“The early involvement of those best placed to understand the communities they represent, can significantly reduce the time taken to determine a major application.”