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Planning update in light of COVID-19 pandemic

Posted on 1 Apr 2020

NORTH Ayrshire Council’s Planning team say they are continuing to make decisions on applications during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officers are working from home and are operating systems remotely and 17 decisions have been made and issued over the last week.

But they have advised that the response time for new applications may be slightly slower than usual – with neighbour notification deferred until week three or four of the process depending on circumstances at that time.

Public consultation events for major applications are currently unable to be held and the Council are awaiting guidance from the Scottish Government on this issue, as well as a range of other matters.

Councillor Tom Marshall, Chair of Planning Committee, said: “Our Planning team provide one of the quickest, most efficient services across local authorities in Scotland.

“They will continue to make decisions and allow people to move forward but the current situation obviously slows things down to an extent. The team is currently unable to send out neighbour notification letters, since these need to be printed out and posted.

“Our committee has been suspended until further notice but delegated  decisions on most local applications continue to be taken.”

 If you have a current planning application in the system, you can also contact the case officer by email, or by phone using the number supplied to you when the application was registered.  The officer will then call you back with an update.

Officers will not be undertaking site visits at the moment, and may ask you to send in photographs to assist in their assessment.

 If there is anything else the team can assist you with, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via eplanning@north-ayrshire.gov.uk