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24/03/2020

PINS suspends site visits amid coronavirus outbreak

Words: Laura Edgar
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The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has suspended site visits until further notice, following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement that everyone but key workers must stay at home.

Speaking in a video on the inspectorate’s YouTube page, Graham Stallwood, director of operations, said PINS understands how important the decisions it makes are for the economy – now and in the future. 

“That's why in England we have been undertaking small-scale tests over the last week, using technology to progress hearings, inquiries and examinations. There are still challenges to overcome, particularly around involving residents, communities and other interested parties, making sure those decisions are open, fair and impartial.”

PINS is working with industry stakeholders to work through these challenges and Stallwood said he is “confident” that in the coming weeks the trial will rolled out and made more widely available.

The video can be seen here on YouTube.

Updated guidance cn be found here on the UK Government website. 

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