Cheshire councils join forces to improve building control services

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Two Cheshire Councils have entered a new agreement aimed at streamlining building regulations services…

Cheshire East Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council have joined forces to improve building regulation services for the area. It is hoped the agreement between the two authorities will provide greater flexibility and efficiency.

The agreement means the two councils will siphon building regulations applications through Civicance, a company owned by Cheshire East Council. Civicance provides building control, planning support, and address management.

Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member for housing and planning Councillor Ainsley Arnold said: “This new agreement is great news for local taxpayers and signals a great opportunity for greater collaborative and effective working between the two councils and providing even better value for money.”

Sharing resources between the two councils will allow both to act more efficiently when workload fluctuates and will reduce delays in the process.

Civicance has overtaken work for the district council such as plan checking and site inspections. This partnership will increase income associated with building regulations, improve competitiveness, and provide opportunities for staff development.

Arnold added: “This represents a good beginning for Civicance working in partnership with other authorities.

“This new agreement is part of an overall package of resource and operational improvements to development management and building control services, which aims to ensure that all applications are dealt with in a timely manner.”

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