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Leeds scales down its planning services

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Leeds City Council has announced that its planning and sustainable development service will continue as a reduced service during the coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown.

Where possible, existing planning applications or planning queries are being progressed.

But new or more recent applications may be subject to delay until circumstances change because it is not possible to publicise them by placing notices at locations or sending letters of notifications to residents, said the council.

As per the guidance set out by the Planning Inspectorate, site visits will not be carried out (unless considered essential or for assessment of a dangerous build) while paper correspondence cannot be logged or answered.

The council statement explained that as panels are unable to meet, applications identified for panel consideration are being reviewed by the service to determine whether an officer decision can be made, deferred by agreement – or put off until they can be considered by a future plans panel meeting.

Lisa Mulherin, executive member for climate change, transport and sustainable development at Leeds City Council, said: “As a council we are continuing to do everything we can to support our communities, businesses and the wider economy at this very challenging time. Where possible, we are continuing to operate our planning and related services as best we can while following the national guidelines and restrictions. We would ask for patience and understanding, especially where applications cannot currently progress as they would normally. We will give updates when the position changes and would ask everyone to continue to follow the national guidance in order to stay safe.”

Updates will be given as the situation evolves.

Please get in touch with The Planner to let the team know what your local authority planning deparment is doing to adapt during the restrictions implemented to stem the spread of Covid-19. Email [email protected]

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