In an article for Building Design Mike Kiely, Chair of the POS Board, asks "is it a good idea for applications in to be processed by 'a designated person' rather than the LPA?" he concludes that it is far from clear as to what benefits could be achieved.
Mike Kiely commented that "POS are keen to see innovations in service provision that bring new resources into the planning system and improve its effectiveness. We constantly promote them. However, they need to add value and bring down costs, not add complexity, uncertainty and additional costs. Lewis told MPs that applicants will be able to, 'shop around for the services that best meet their needs'. Is that what planning is all about? According to the NPPF it is not."
Kiely added "We want and promote a more efficient and effective planning system and are ready to work with government to make this and other initiatives a success, but the starting point must be to really understand the planning application service."
Malcolm Sharp, a former POS President awarded the MBE for services to town planning in the recent New Year's Honours List, said "Mike's piece is a powerful concise statement about the most barmy and dangerous idea the Government have had about planning. It goes to the heart of public sector planning and should be widely and vigorously resisted."
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