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Planning and Building Standards
- 2009 saw a national overhaul of the planning system which was reflected locally in significant changes to improve efficiency, transparency and public participation in the planning process
- We introduced e-planning, which allows online submission of applications and tracking of their progress through the planning process. Take up in South Ayrshire has been above the Scottish average.
- In 2009/10, almost 1,200 planning applications were processed, with 56% being dealt within two months of receipt. Although still short of the Scotland average of 67%, this was a marked improvement on our figure of 43% in 2008/09.
- We introduced a Planning Forum attended by community representatives and others to provide feedback on planning policy and the quality of the planning service.
- Work has started on a new Local Development Plan to ensure development takes place in the right locations; new investment is encouraged; there is sufficient land for housing; the environment is protected; and infrastructure impacts are planned.
- We also investigate suspected breaches of planning control, which can have a harmful effect upon our environment, and seek to resolve them using enforcement powers.
- Our Building Standards Service works to protect and improve the health, safety and convenience of people using buildings. This is achieved by promoting compliance with the legislation relating to the design and construction of buildings. An independent government audit in 2011 rated South Ayrshire one of the top building standards services in Scotland.
- Other areas of work covered by building standards include engineering services, dangerous buildings, licensing inspections, safety at sports grounds, street naming and numbering, and housing grants.
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