Although most restrictions have now been lifted we are still mostly working remotely which continues to work well. Unfortunately it would appear that due to the strains placed upon Local Authorities by the virus and also an increasing number of planning applications being submitted we are noticing delays in the processing of applications. Whilst most of these delays appear to be in the validation process rather than the decision making process it is in general leading to a longer than usual time frame between application submission to application determination.
As we have moved from the "new normal" to the latest lockdown we continue to work from home preparing and submitting planning and certificate of lawful use applications. The planning system is still functioning relatively well with the majority of Local Planning Authorities adapting to the challenges they are facing.
14th July 2020
With lockdown restrictions easing and the “new normal” becoming more apparent, we are continuing to prepare and present planning applications and still mainly doing so remotely from home.
We have adjusted to our new working practices as, it would seem, have most Local Planning Authorities. Initially, we encountered some delays in the processing of our applications but we have been pleasantly surprised by the resilience of the planning system with most of our applications now being determined on time. This, coupled with a more flexible approach to our working patterns, is assisting our work flow and therein our ability to continue meeting our clients needs.
We can continue to be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01386 554041
24th March 2020
In these uncertain times we want to let you know that we are continuing to safely work from home and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. There will be no significant changes to the way in which we approach our work.
You can still call us on our business number as this is being transferred directly to our business mobile and email communications should remain unaffected.
We are hopeful that Local Planning Authorities will continue to function as Planning Officer’s often work from home and Central Government has indicated that it wants the Planning System to continue.
We may experience delays in decision making, over and above those which we have come to expect, but we intend to continue preparing and submitting applications and appeals with the expectation that they will be processed and determined in due course.