St Helens planners are the quickest on the draw

St Helens Council's planning department has been named as the speediest in the country
St Helens Council's planning department has been named as the speediest in the country

Planning chiefs in St Helens are the quickest in the country, according to latest statistics from the Government.

Data released by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) revealed that 100 per cent of major applications were processed inside 13 weeks, or within an agreed time scale over the last two years between April 2014 and March 2016.

For smaller projects, the council dealt with 96.3 per cent of minor and other applications within eight weeks over a two year period, putting the authority 8th in the table nationally.

Coun John Fulham, cabinet member for Growth, said: “St.Helens Council has a strong and consistent record of high performance which is beneficial in several ways.

“Firstly, it gives developers confidence in the attractiveness of St Helens as a place to do business; secondly, it raises the profile of St Helens nationally; and thirdly, residents get an efficient service.

“Planning can be a time consuming process, so I’m pleased these new figures reflect our ‘can do’ attitude when it comes to planning and inward investment.

“I’m pleased that we’ve got such hard-working staff successfully balancing the needs and views or residents and developers with this first class service.”