More than 80 planning posts have been lost as a result of cuts in revenue funding for the 22 new Welsh unitary auth...
More than 80 planning posts have been lost as a result of cuts in revenue funding for the 22 new Welsh unitary authorities, according to a survey by the Planning Officers' Society for Wales.
Of the 25 planning authorities, which include the new councils and three national parks, 23 had cut planning staff either by freezing vacant posts or through redundancy or early retirement.
'It's an indication that the budget settlement in Wales has been tight and has had an effect on the planning service,' said Graham Wild, director of planning at Conwy CBC and a spokesman for the society.
Development control, policy planning and administrative support have all created job losses. Countryside, conservation and regeneration work have suffered most.
'If there are comparable cuts next year, there may be painful decisions to be made between the statutory core services such as planning control and plan making and the more discretionary services such as countryside management and conservation,' society chairman Graham Evans said.