West Norfolk Council planning applications ‘hit four-year high’

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The number of planning applications lodged in West Norfolk has reached its highest level for at least four years, council chiefs have revealed.

A report published ahead of this week’s borough council meeting also says staff have had to be moved away from other duties in order to keep up with the demand.

Latest figures showed 256 new applications had been submitted to the authority during the month of February alone.

That exceeds the previous high of 253, recorded last October and is the highest monthly figure recorded since the beginning of 2013.

The figure also maintains the rising trend in application numbers, which saw a near 14 per cent increase in the figure for 2015 to 2,584, compared to 2,274 for the previous year.

In his report to the meeting, which will take place at Lynn’s town hall on Thursday evening, Richard Blunt, cabinet member for development, said: “Resources are being reallocated internally to help deal with these extra applications.”