Council denies planning claims

DAVENTRY District Council (DDC) has denied that it could be affected by a ruling which would see them unable to determine some planning applications.

According to an investigation by the magazine Planning, DDC is one of seven local authorities which could be placed in special measures and therefore be stripped of its planning powers.

This would enable some developers to bypass DDCs planning department and go straight to the planning inspectorate to determine applications.

However DDC has denied the authority is in any immediate danger of being put into special measures by the government.

DDCs community manager Maria Taylor said: “The figures quoted by Planning Magazine as part of their own investigation of this issue do not include live major applications scheduled to be determined in the timeframe set by the Government.

“It is premature to conclude that the council is at risk of being placed into special measures.

“Most of our major applications relate to the regeneration of Daventry town centre and wind farm developments.”