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13-Mar-2017 10:01 AM
We are carrying out essential maintenance on the planning application online search system (PAM) throughout March, we apologise if you experience some interruption in service.
29-Mar-2017 11:49 AM
29-Mar-2017 12:45 PM
One of my concerns over an extended period, and still apparent today, is the lack of easy access to the latest planning applications.
This link should take us there simply and easily. Sadly, it doesn't. Currently it lists just five applications, none of any importance. Perhaps I am wrong. Perhaps the borough planning department has only received these five applications in the last two weeks?
Remember that, due to personnel overload or under staffing, these listings used to appear for just seven days. Due to RBWM Planning’s problems in getting listings loaded promptly, this period was extended to two weeks. Now it seems that even this extended period is insufficient to provide public notification. This is a major problem because if residents cannot find out about planning proposals in a timely manner, they may well miss the opportunity to prepare and lodge objections... Now I wonder if that forms part of the RBWM plan?
There are inadequate alternatives available (as far as I know) that allows residents to check for applications near their home address. Totally irrelevent. I am interested in seeing any application, anywhere in the borough, at any address, to make sure that it does not present a major threat to the local area. There have been just too many examples of apparently innocent applications being lodged with totally inappropriate or downright destructive proposals. A classic example was the apparently innocent proposal to extend the Castle Hotel Car Park. Where were they going to extend it? Over the Old Burial Ground at Bachelors Acre which, having identified the impossibility of that expansion, was prevented, but only after my late father and a group of campaigners took the matter as far as HM The Queen at Privy Council.
That is really not the correct way to run a planning process!
Recent examples include plans at Legoland, oversize developments of flats around the borough, the loss of valuable homes and gardens and undesirable changes to the riverside.
In short, there are multiple examples of inappropriate planning applications and without simple and effective ways of monitoring them, concerned residents may well be misled.
Please note that a yellow planning notice tied to a gate post hardly constitutes widespread and readily accessible notification, so access via the web, which should be simple, efficient and an inexpensive method of notification for interested parties, is actually poorly implemented. Reference to previous posts on this thread will amply demonstrate the shortcomings.
I am sorry that Helen Price (who works tirelessly on our behalf to keep an close eye on such matters) has discovered yet another shortcoming in the system. Will matters be improved. Will the service be brought up to speed, and will the quality of the service match the need? Past performance suggests not.
With budget cuts, staff shortfalls and other negative aspects, I am not optimistic.
4-Apr-2017 06:30 PM
I wrote:Essential Maintenance - PAMWe are carrying out essential maintenance on the planning application online search system (PAM) throughout March, we apologise if you experience some interruption in service.
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