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The planning team are at the start of a major project aimed at resolving significant technical difficulties and improving the efficiency of the service.
 
The planning team currently operates on three separate IT systems for the three former separate council planning teams. The improvement works will create one IT system which will also include improvements to Building Control and Land Charges services.
 
The process of changing to a single system will take up to a year to implement and will also allow for far more data to be held electronically. This will provide more historic planning information being available to the public and will provide for a more efficient single system designed with the future in mind.
 
Although this project will improve the longer term ability for the service to improve customer service, the moving of staff to cover the ICT project has had a detrimental impact on the business support to the service and currently the registration and validation of planning applications is delayed.
 
The department have recruited new staff to cover the vacancies created but all posts are not yet in place and there will be further delays until training of these staff can be provided and the backlog reduced.
 
Agents and applicants are asked to bear with us during a time of major change. These works are an essential part of long-term service improvements agreed in 2015 as part of the Service Improvement Plan.
 
It would be beneficial to the service, and appreciated by staff, if calls to the service could be kept to a minimum during this time.
 
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