Core Strategy effectiveness concerning planning applications

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Dear Sheffield City Council,

Since the adoption of the Core Strategy in March 2009 regarding planning applications, could you advise the following:

1. On how many occasions has a planning application been approved despite not meeting the Core Strategy guidelines ?

2. On the occasions (if any) where a planning application has been approved despite not meeting Core Strategy guidelines, what criteria were not met, and what were the circumstances to it being approved nevertheless ?

Yours faithfully,

Neil Corrie, Sheffield City Council

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Hanson Chris, Sheffield City Council

Dear Mr Corrie,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request on 14 October 2011.

Unfortunately there is no digital marker to indicate whether or not a
Planning Application has been approved despite not meeting Core Strategy
guidelines, so we are unable to run a management report from our
application database to identify these applications. 

Compliance with Core Strategy Policies is not always a simple yes/no
matter, as there are encourage rather than requirement policies, criteria
based policies and viability get out clauses to consider, for example, and
a need to balance different policy requirements, but this is part of the
Committee and delegated reports prepared by officers when making their
recommendations as to whether or not the application should be approved. 
These reports are all published on the Council web site
so you can look into individual applications and read the detailed
reports, if you wish (We process roughly 3,000 application each year). 

There is some specific monitoring against policies CS64 and 65
(Sustainability) and more recently on CS74 (Building for Life standards),
and any applications referred to the Secretary of State as formal
departures from the adopted plans (SDF, UDP and RSS) could be identified,
if you are interested in those particular policy areas.  Please let us
know if this is the case.

I trust that this answers your query.

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request and wish to make a complaint, you should write to Ms Susan
Millington, Head of Strategy, Floor 4, Howden House, Union Street,
Sheffield, S1 2SH.

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Best Regards,

Chris Hanson

Planning Officer
Forward & Area Planning
Development Services
Sheffield City Council
(0114) 205 3387

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Dear Chris Hanson,

Thanks for the response concerning core strategy, much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Neil Corrie