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

South Norfolk Council. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

South Norfolk Council. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY - Credit: Archant

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.

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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.'

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

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