Responding to a Planning reporter concerning the NAO report findings that planning services have suffered disproportionate cuts since 2010, Anna Rose , POS Junior Vice President, said that while cuts were made a few years ago, the "bite" is only now being felt because planning services are dealing with workloads that have returned to late 2000s levels but have far fewer staff to tackle them.
Rose, who is also the Society's Management of Planning Services Subject Specialist, added that the combination of past efficiencies and economic recovery had resulted in "a lot of people doing a lot more hours". She continued "Most councils are back to pre-2010 levels in terms of their workloads, but their staffing levels are more like 75 per cent of what they were. We may not be seeing new cuts but what we are seeing is the need to deal with the increase in demand."
In addition, Rose commented that the jobs market for planners also appears to be a lot healthier, with an increase in staff moving from the public to the private sector.