£1.13 million to be invested in improving planning service 

District Council house in Lichfield

The service that deals with local planning applications is set to receive a funding boost over the next five years to help it restructure and improve services to residents.

Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet agreed plans to restructure its development management service at a meeting on 7 September 2021. 

The budget increase will see the planning department receive an extra £1.13 million between 2021 and 2026. 

This will allow the service to be reorganised and build extra capacity, including additional training and creating new roles to meet a significant increase in demand. 

Councillor Angela Lax, Cabinet Member responsible for Development Management, said:

“Our development management team has been dealing with a 26 percent increase in its workload over the past year, which has resulted in some delays and complaints from residents and developers. 

“Bringing in a new structure and posts should relieve much of the pressure on the team. It will also make sure we have the experience in-house to deal with upcoming major planning applications. 

“We are confident the changes will lead to faster processing times and better customer service, which should boost overall satisfaction with the service.”

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Published: 8 September 2021