Bristol aims to improve validation with agent accreditation scheme
Application validation is a subject close to all our hearts. Bristol City Council is the latest LPA to launch an agent accreditation scheme to try and improve the validation process for planning applications.
According to Bristol City Council, the scheme works on the basis of accrediting planning agents who agree to follow a ‘code of practice’ when submitting planning applications.
The code of practice contains a checklist of items, which the council regards as essential to the efficient processing of applications.
In return for submitting an application in accordance with the code of practice the Council will:
- Register your application without it going through the normal validation stage.
- Ensure that it reaches the case officer’s desk within 24 hours.
- Target to determine the application within six weeks, as long as it can be determined under delegated powers.
LPAs tell us they want a closer working experience with applications to cut down on application validation time. Agents tell us that validation delays are a bugbear.
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I’d be particularly interested to hear from agents or council officers who have been involved (or are involved) in accreditation schemes at other LPAs.
Finally, if you do offer accreditation scheme at your LPA, please let me know the details and provide a link and we’ll look into the feasibility of managing a central list in the near future.