Decision details

Report of the Director of Environment and Shared Services - Planning Support Shared Service

Decision Maker: Policy and Resources Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To consider the proposals put forward on the future provision of planning support services.


1)  That the Business Case prepared and presented by the Mid Kent Services Director, subject to any amendments following necessary consultation with affected staff, be agreed;

2)  That the disaggregation of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council from the Mid Kent Planning Support Service be agreed;

3)  That Maidstone Borough Council’s partnership in the Mid Kent Planning Support Service with Swale Borough Council continue, subject to:

·  moving to a ‘volume based’ contribution mechanism; and

·  undertaking a joint review of the service with Swale Borough Council by June 2017.

4)  That the continuation of the shared Land Charges Service between Maidstone, Swale and Tunbridge Wells Borough Councils be noted; and

5)  That delegated authority be given to the Director of Environment and Shared Services to finalise the detail of any collaboration agreement(s) that are required as a result of the decisions taken by the Committee.

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Details of the Committee: Papers and Decision by Tunbridge Wells BC Cabinet on 6 August 2015 Decision by Maidstone Borough Council to establish the shared service on 12 June 2013 Special Meeting, Strategic Leadership and Corporate Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee to consider the Project Implementation Review on 23 February 2015

Contact: David Edwards 01622 602797 Email:

Report author: David Edwards

Publication date: 09/11/2015

Date of decision: 05/11/2015

Decided: 05/11/2015 - Policy and Resources Committee

Effective from: 17/11/2015

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