Changes to planning advice in Peak Park

John Scott, Director of Planning
John Scott, Director of Planning

A Peak District chief has high hopes of improving the planning process in the national park.

The new Director of Planning at the Peak District National Park Authority, John Scott, has set out a more open approach to the area’s planning agents.

He said: “Firstly you can get very general guidance from a customer service adviser, then more detailed advice from a planning adviser, and as you move towards a planning application you will be assigned a planning officer who will give very site–specific advice and usually see the application right through the process.

“Our whole aim is to communicate more openly with customers, tell them what to expect and what is expected of them.

“We want to ensure people know right from the start what to include, which will save time and money on all our parts.”

For further information about the changes to the planning advice service, people can visit www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/planning and click on ‘Pre-Application Advice’.