Borough boosts planning performance

By Jim Dunton - Fri 9 August 2013, 4:55 pm

Enfield Council's planning department has significantly improved the speed at which it deals with major planning applications, according to the authority.

Figures released this week show that the authority determined 25 of 60 major applications within the 13-week timescale stipulated by the Department for Communities and Local Government during the first quarter of 2013.

Ministers have warned councils that they risk being placed in “special measures” if they have failed to determine 30 percent of major applications within the timescale when results from July 2011 to June 2013 are tallied up.

Enfield said in a statement that the latest quarterly indication equated to a determination rate of 41.67 per cent that was “well above” the government target and indicated that it was set to avoid being placed in special measures.

The council added that further first-quarter data showed it was also exceeding minimum targets for minor and “other” applications.