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Step forward for councils’ bid to cut costs by planning team merger

PUBLISHED: 18:30 02 January 2018 | UPDATED: 18:41 02 January 2018

South Norfolk Council. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

South Norfolk Council. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

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A money-saving bid by two councils to cut future costs by merging roles in their planning teams has taken a step forward.

South Norfolk and Broadland councils first explored the idea of joining forces in September.

Broadland Council said it needed to save £1.3m by 2020, while South Norfolk Council needs to save £700,000 by 2021 - rising to £2m by 2022.

As a result three new jobs across both councils - a head of planning, development manager and a spatial planning manager - will be created.

These will replace the planning policy manager post at South Norfolk Council.

The newly-created jobs will cost the councils an additional £5,803 annually, although that will be spread across the two authorities.

A report to South Norfolk Council’s scrutiny committee, which voted in favour of the move on Tuesday, January 2, said: “Whilst the initial new structure has a small increase in overall staffing costs, it is anticipated that in the medium and longer term opportunities will be identified to deliver savings.”

Broadland District Council’s scrutiny committee will consider the report on Thursday, January 4.

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