This is an archived press release
Friday 2 June 2006
2 June 2006
New era for planning in National Park
Improved customer service, an interactive website and speedier responses are part of a new era for planning applicants in the Peak District National Park.
The planning department also has a new head of development control, Bob Bryan, who took over following the recent retirement of John Davies, after 25 years in the post.
Mr Bryan, former planning team manager at Sheffield City Council, is keen to build on the work of his predecessor in smoothing the planning process for applicants.
“I am entering the Authority at a time when customer service, in terms of improved access to information and advice, and quicker determination times for planning applications, is one of our main priorities,” he said.
Born on the edge of the National Park in Sheffield, he has long been aware of the need to protect the special qualities of the area, where he walks, cycles and is a member of the Dark Peak Fell Running Club.
“Planning has a unique status in a national park in terms of achieving the purpose of the Authority – to conserve and enhance the environment and cultural heritage, and foster social and economic opportunities for residents,” he said.
There is currently a relatively high number of applications in the Peak District, and some controversial issues to contend with, particularly on quarry developments.
It is now possible to view, comment on, or make an application on-line at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/planning and Customer Service staff are trained to deal with routine inquiries (01629 816361). Planning liaison officer Wendy Ruddick is the contact for more complex issues (01629 816200).