National award for Council planning team

Council team win planning award

A team of officers from Gateshead Council have won a prestigious national award for their work.

The Built and Natural Environment Team have been chosen as Local Authority Planning Team of the Year at the recent National Planning Awards.

The team, which includes conservation officers, urban designers, ecologists, arboriculturists, drainage engineers and highways officers, was recognised for its unique multi-disciplinary approach and its commitment to delivering top quality developments and responding to customer needs.

The team was set up in August 2018 to streamline the planning process and to support the people of Gateshead by protecting their built and natural environment and delivering prosperity.

It provides high quality advice and support directly to clients, which helps to deliver large scale developments quickly and efficiently whilst generating additional revenue for the Council.

Recently, the team have: worked proactively with the developer and their consultants on Follingsby Max, one of the most important industrial and logistics opportunities in the North East, with capacity for up to 225,000m2 of floorspace, creating 1,500 jobs; negotiated and secured £1m of s.106 contributions for off-site ecological compensatory measures; secured over £3M for highway improvements; and set a target of creating of over 50ha of new accessible native broadleaved woodland over the next 50 years.

Councillor John McElroy, Cabinet member for Environment and Transport, says "At a time when local planning authorities are often criticised for the time it takes to issue decisions and to make a positive impact, this new team structure has been of huge benefit to Gateshead. 

"The team's multi-disciplinary approach means that issues and problems and, crucially, solutions to deal with them - can be identified quickly and this can really speed up the planning approval process.

"Whether the team is working with developers, councillors or other stakeholders, I know they always focus on providing top customer service, and this is something which is also helping to bring developments to fruition quickly."

 

Council team win planning award
18 July 2019

A team of officers from Gateshead Council have won a prestigious national award for their work.

The Built and Natural Environment Team have been chosen as Local Authority Planning Team of the Year at the recent National Planning Awards.

The team, which includes conservation officers, urban designers, ecologists, arboriculturists, drainage engineers and highways officers, was recognised for its unique multi-disciplinary approach and its commitment to delivering top quality developments and responding to customer needs.

The team was set up in August 2018 to streamline the planning process and to support the people of Gateshead by protecting their built and natural environment and delivering prosperity.

It provides high quality advice and support directly to clients, which helps to deliver large scale developments quickly and efficiently whilst generating additional revenue for the Council.

Recently, the team have: worked proactively with the developer and their consultants on Follingsby Max, one of the most important industrial and logistics opportunities in the North East, with capacity for up to 225,000m2 of floorspace, creating 1,500 jobs; negotiated and secured £1m of s.106 contributions for off-site ecological compensatory measures; secured over £3M for highway improvements; and set a target of creating of over 50ha of new accessible native broadleaved woodland over the next 50 years.

Councillor John McElroy, Cabinet member for Environment and Transport, says "At a time when local planning authorities are often criticised for the time it takes to issue decisions and to make a positive impact, this new team structure has been of huge benefit to Gateshead. 

"The team's multi-disciplinary approach means that issues and problems and, crucially, solutions to deal with them - can be identified quickly and this can really speed up the planning approval process.

"Whether the team is working with developers, councillors or other stakeholders, I know they always focus on providing top customer service, and this is something which is also helping to bring developments to fruition quickly."

 

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