Sheffield councillors to scrutinise planning and parking plans

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Controversial plans to change the way planning applications are advertised in Sheffield will be debated.

The proposals – which would mean fewer neighbours are alerted to proposals in communities, and plans are not advertised by site notice in every case – are to be heard by a Sheffield Council scrutiny committee tomorrow.

Concerns that the plans to save £39,000 a year would ‘cut residents from the debate’ were raised when the proposals were called-in by opposition councillors earlier this month.

Online communications will be relied on more to advertise applications and the council insists the move is needed in the wake of budget cuts.

Petitions calling for a cut in the price of parking permits in some communities including Hillsborough and Broomhill, which were brushed aside earlier this year, are also on the meeting’s agenda.

Liberal Democrat councillors also called those plans in for further scrutiny after describing the permits as a ‘cash cow’.

But Labour council chiefs said reducing the cost could threaten other services such as school crossing patrols and the fees in Sheffield are ‘low’ when compared to other cities.