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Westminster to axe £1m from planning staff

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Westminster Council will cut £1 million from its planning staff budget as part of savings expected to be rubber-stamped tonight (28 June)

The Conservative-led council last week announced its £100 million package of savings including a new £100 residents’ fee for meetings to discuss planning applications.

One architect said: ‘There’s really not very much going on there at the moment. I expect someone high up in the council has taken stock of a situation where there isn’t much work in the [planning] office.’

Leader of Westminster’s Labour opposition, Councillor Paul Dimoldenburg, said: ‘It will hit the development industry in the west end. There is going to be further delays and a poorer service to architects, planners and everyone concerned with regeneration.’

Westminster leader, Councillor Colin Barrow, said: ‘We all know the economic situation is tough and will get even tougher as public spending continues to be squeezed, as we’ve seen from the national budget.

‘To live within our means while still providing a high standard of local services means concentrating on what’s important and ensuring we continue to care for the most vulnerable.’

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