Fareham Borough Council has changed the way it deals with planning applications and compliance, prompting it to look to recruit a new planner.
The new planner and compliance officer in development management will combine enforcement compliance and monitoring tasks with development management.
Principal planner Mark Wyatt told Planning: “It's quite unusual bringing the two together but there was a restructuring of how we do things recently.
“It was felt that rather than have the two separate they can come together: the assessment of an enforcement case is not too dissimilar to that of a planning application.”
The new postholder will be responsible for investigating and resolving alleged breaches of planning control and monitoring developments subject to planning obligations and the community infrastructure levy to ensure compliance. The person will also deal with a caseload of planning applications.
Wyatt said one of the biggest issues on the planning horizon at the local authority was looking at a project involving 6,500 homes to the north of the town, which would have a big impact in terms of population, infrastructure and resources.
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