Warrington rejigs online planning system
The council hopes the new planning portal will make it easier to find and monitor applications, as well as improve planning officers’ workflow.
Hundreds of thousands of reports, decisions, responses and applications have been transferred from the old system to this new one, which can be accessed at online.warrington.gov.uk/planning/index.html.
The council said the new system would allow planning officers to be more efficient when working remotely. The council also said it had put measures into place to shorten the time spent waiting for a decision on an application.
Those familiar with planning portals across the North West will note the resemblance the Warrington system has to the one used by Liverpool City Council.
Cllr Hitesh Patel, Warrington Council’s cabinet member for environment, housing and public protection, thanked the public for being patient as the new system prepared for launch.
“Everyone who uses our planning system can now look forward to a more accessible, efficient and up-to-date experience,” he said.
Patel also extolled the virtues of the new system.
“It will bring real benefits to applicants and agents, who will be able to much more easily access information and monitor the progress of applications on a self-serve basis,” he said.
“The new system supports our work to provide efficient and responsive planning services which are better equipped to deal with the huge number of planning applications we receive.”