July 2015. This thread has been merged with another thread to bring all posts under one roof, so to speak. As of today's date, the server is yet again unavailable when a large number of residents will want to comment on several important planning applications but will be prevented from accessing the relevant information in order to do so. This is an unacceptable situation which needs to be resolved by the RBWM at the very first opportunity and as a matter of some urgency.
Quite apart from the lack of access to the planning website at weekends and possibly at other times, the department seems unable to handle each week's applications and load them in a timely manner so that residents are aware, through the 'new applications' web pages, of new applications that may concern them. In the past, these new applications were listed on a daily basis for a period of seven days and thereafter they were only accessible if the reference number was known, or the address search used. I am informed that a weekly planning list exists, but that is a rather less convenient (and delayed) method of obtaining information.
Given that the system only selects applications for display for seven days from their receipt in the department, but can't display them unless validated by the planning dept, the effect is that if an application takes six days to be validated, it will appear on the 'new' list for only 24 hours before the system files it away, lost from view to all but those who know of its existence. This situation has resulted in any number of applications not being listed at all, or being listed for a reduced period of time.
The situation described above is unnecessarily complicated and is without doubt unacceptable and requires a solution to be found urgently.
The first post on the original thread was dated February 2014 as below.
The last few days have seen NO new planning applications lodged on the RBWM Planning pages.
Surely this cannot be correct?
While I am at it, I deplore the fact that the original index cards relating to a specific address, are no longer included in the 'planning history' of a planning application. These cards went back to the 1940s on occasion and provided an interesting background to any present day application. Often a whole succession of applications of one sort or another used to be listed on these record cards.
Furthermore, I am aware of records of planning applications that were refused in the past but which are not available to view now when similar applications have been presented once again for consideration. Our planning councillors need to be aware of these previous refusals and the reasons behind them, for little has changed as far as determining applications are concerned. In other words, if it was unacceptable then, it is very likely to be unacceptable today.