Hastings residents will no longer be sent notification letters to alert them to planning applications in their area as the council tries to save time and money.
Hastings Borough Council is not sending out the letters anymore as part of its move to provide more services digitally and online.
Information about planning applications can be found on the council’s new ‘customer-friendly and more interactive’ website which was launched in the summer.
“In line with other authorities our budget council on February 24, agreed that neighbourhood notification letters for planning applications would no longer be sent out,” the council’s lead member for planning Kim Forward said.
“Eye catching yellow site notices will be placed in the near neighbourhood and I encourage people to sign up for a MyHastings account on the council’s self-service system; they will see a list of all open planning applications in their postcode area.”
Information about planning applications can be found online and the 21 day period within which people have to comment on applications will stay the same.
Yellow site notices will be erected for the majority of planning applications to notify neighbours about applications close to them.
Residents can also look up planning applications in their area on the council’s website: www.hastings.gov.uk/planning.
“These changes have arisen from a wider review of council procedures with a view to making efficiencies, meeting our statutory duties and moving to a ‘digital by design’ approach where possible,” Cllr Forward said.
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