Role of conservation in the planning process to be reviewed

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News release: 09 September 2011

The role that conservation plays in the planning process at St Albans City and District Council is set to be reviewed.

St Albans

The aim of the review is to ensure that the Council’s planning decisions result in developments which are sensitive to the character and identity of the District.

At a meeting on 6 September, Cabinet requested that the relevant Overview and Scrutiny Committee looks at the Council’s planning conservation function taking into account factors such as:

• how the conservation function is delivered
• the quality of the decision making
• the process by which conservation input is monitored
• the qualifications of officers.

The Overview and Scrutiny Committee is able to consider council processes and issues in detail and to make recommendation to Cabinet on any improvements that are needed.

Councillor Teresa Heritage, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Conservation at the Council, said: “Conservation is of great importance to the City and District which has a number of buildings and areas of architectural and historical significance. Cabinet has asked for a review to ensure that planning decisions are made with due regard to conservation issues. ”

A webcast of the meeting on Tuesday, 6 September can be accessed online via the Council’s website. People with access to an appropriate computer with broadband internet access and Microsoft Windows media player will be able to view the meeting.

Member contact:
Cllr Teresa Heritage, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Conservation
Tel: 01582 761014

Contact for the press:
Amanda Wilkinson, Communication Officer
St Albans City and District Council
Tel: 01727 819317

Picture caption:
St Albans historic centre