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Improving the Connection Project

The Working Group was initially tasked with “considering the extent to which better cooperation between planning and building control services (however organised or delivered) can assist in delivering higher environmental standards and more sustainable outcomes, and in particular to consider:

(i) synergies and distinctions between planning and building control including enforcement;

(ii) means of reducing overlap between the two systems, improving efficiency and improving mutual understanding, in particular in relation to new construction methods;

(iii) implications for policy, practice, staffing, training and inspection; and 

(iv) recommendations of appropriate action for consideration by the NPF Executive Board”.

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This ‘thinkpiece’ has been produced by the National Planning Forum following a decision at its meeting in March 2009 to establish a ‘task and finish’ group to consider synergies and recommend action to reduce overlap between planning and building control. This proposal was endorsed by the Executive Board in May 2009 and the first meeting of the Planning and Building Control Working Group took place in early July 2009.