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PLANNING - BRING IT ONLINE

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Time is running out for local authorities to get their planning ...
Time is running out for local authorities to get their planning

information websites up and running, said planning minister Sally

Keeble today.

Better management of information technology resources can help create

a modern planning service and give more planners more time to plan,

Ms Keeble told planners in a speech at the Royal Town Planning

Institute today.

Sally Keeble said:

'We are committed to delivering a modern planning system and a modern

planning profession. This is a time for change and the time for

change is now.

'Some authorities, like Wandsworth or Camden, are doing better than

others and they can lead by example. Others, however, have fallen by

the wayside and therefore aren't delivering the service that people

expect.'

Government research has shown that, only two and a half years away

from the 2005 target of all government information being available

online, more than two thirds of local authorities do not have a

dedicated planning website.

Sally Keeble added:

'My department will spend a further£2m over the next two years on

disseminating good practice. But it isn't just about the money; there

is a need for a culture change at the heart of the planning

departments.'

The Planning Portal website

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