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Freedom of information request response - 05457

FOI request

FOI ID number
05457
Regarding
Planning services
Request
  1. Has the council outsourced its planning department (responsible for town and country planning)? If so, who is responsible for providing these services?
  2. Has the council outsourced any part of its planning services (planning policy, development management, planning enforcement)? If so, who is responsible for providing these services?
  3. Please provide details of any company providing statutory planning services or service support for planning to the council. If such provision exists, how long has the company provided services to the council, how long does the contract last for and what is the value of the contract?
  4. Are planning officers responsible for delivering the council’s town and country planning responsibilities employed directly by the council? If not, who are they employed by?
  5. Is routine use of private sector consultants made to process planning applications on behalf of the council? If so, which company/companies are used for this and how much was paid for such consultancy in the 2017-18 financial year?
  6. Is routine use of private sector consultants made to develop planning policy on behalf of the council? If so, which company/companies are used for this and how much was paid for such consultancy in the 2017-18 financial year?
  7. Is routine use of private sector consultants made to conduct planning enforcement work on behalf of the council? If so, which company/companies are used for this and how much was paid for such consultancy in the 2017-18 financial year?

 

Our response

Response
  1. No
  2. No
  3. In terms of companies currently providing support to the Planning Policy team, this is as follows:
    • Land Use Consultants – have been employed since Jan 2018 to prepare a strategic masterplan for Penrith, contract value: £49,218 + VAT
    • Hunter Johnstone – have been employed since June 2018 providing services in relation to the development of the masterplan for Penrith, contract value: £11,080 + VAT
    • We are intro – have been employed since July 2018, providing services in relation to the development of the masterplan for Penrith, contract value: £7,150 + VAT
    • PFK – have been employed since to prepare February 2018 to prepare EDC’s Annual Monitoring Reports for 2015/16 and 2016/17, contract value: £8,000 + VAT and disbursements
  4. Yes
  5. No
  6. No
  7. No
Response date
10 August 2018