The new criteria for planning performance designation allows the secretary of state to rule on planning if councils don't meet 50% of decisions on major developments within the statutory time limit. This toughens up previous guidelines, which was 40%.
Steve Ingram, the Society's Junior Vice President, told Inside Housing that "all planning authorities are now familiar with the 'speed of decisions' targets/relationship to the potential threat of designation - and they are all typically working hard to improve the efficiency of their decision taking."
Ingram added, "However the ramping up of the criteria for designation will further increase the pressure on planning authorities - and that fact should ideally be reflected in any ongoing thinking regarding the resources that are made available to support effective decision making; i.e. even the development industry are now recognising the fact that high quality local authority planning teams need to be appropriately resourced."