There are a number of examples currently where Parish Councils have been granted powers to determine certain local planning applications that previously would have been dealt with by the District Council. These arrangements are being trialled but do demonstrate that Parish Councils are becoming far more influential in local planning decisions. This coupled with a continued rise in the numbers of parishes delivering Neighbourhood Plans can only help Parish Councils to take greater control over the future growth and development of their communities.
Here at Angle we regularly deliver Planning Training to Parish and Town Councils. We also offer support to Neighbourhood Plan groups. If you are interested in any of these services don’t hesitate to get in touch for a free no obligation quote.