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Improved online planning system up and running

People should find it simpler to view, track and comment on planning applications in West Oxfordshire following the launch of a new online planning system by the District Council.

The Council has upgraded the planning section of its website www.westoxon.gov.uk/planning to give better online access to information.

The new system gives more detailed information and, for the first time, provides the opportunity for comments to be submitted online and applications to be tracked as they progress.

Cllr Warwick Robinson, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Housing, said: “Whereas the former system contained only limited information, it is now possible to follow planning applications from submission through to decision, in addition to registering to receive email updates about any applications you are interested in to ensure you are notified every step of the way.

“As well as making it easier to use, we hope this enables people to easily find the information they want at their fingertips and make the planning process more transparent for everyone.”

The new system enables users to:

* view all planning applications made to the Council

* see where applications are on a map

* view documents and plans that provide details of the development

* submit and view comments on applications

* monitor applications or appeals - including associated plans and documents

* save personalised searches for a particular ward/parish or application type

* view decision notices

As well as improving online services for members of the public, planning professionals and partner agencies, the Council hopes the changes will enable town and parish councils to view more information online, giving them more timely information.

Paper copies of planning applications will continue to be available for viewing at the Council’s Elmfield offices in Witney.

Visit www.westoxon.gov.uk/planning for further information or call 01993 861000.

Posted : 21/11/2014 15:33:00

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