This report provides a summary of the performance of our Spatial Planning Team. The team’s performance is assessed against Government targets, against other Local Planning Authorities and in relation to outcomes on the ground. It is also assessed over a two year period (1 April 2014 to 31 March 2016), but particularly the last 12 months (from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015).

Our good performance in relation to producing new strategy and determining planning applications remains vital to securing investment in the Bay and complement other activities, such as business support provided by the TDA Opens in a new window. Investors look, for example, at the strategic planning framework (Local Plan, master plans and neighbourhood plans) to provide clarity and certainty; they look at our speed of decision making and the extent to which officer advice on planning applications is agreed by Members. This allows them to judge the level of risk of investment at an early stage in the development process.