Council planning process praised

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Rotherham Council has been rated one of the best-performing local planning authorities in the country by the Government.

Out of a total of 1,284 planning applications submitted to Rotherham Council in 2011/12, 1,270, or 99 per cent - were determined within 26 weeks, placing Rotherham within the top 25 per cent. Of those, 45 were major planning applications.

Paul Woodcock, director of planning and regeneration at Rotherham Council, said: “Rotherham is really proud of its planning performance. It shows that Rotherham welcomes new development and deals effectively and efficiently with the planning applications submitted to us.”