Details of planning applications made to Tendring District Council (TDC) are now being shared with local councils via email instead of post.
As the local planning authority, TDC processes more than 2,000 applications each year, and complete details of every application are now publicly available on the council’s website.
The council seeks opinions on planning applications from a range of statutory consultees, as well as the 27 town and parish councils which cover much of the district.
Neil Stock OBE, TDC Leader and Cabinet Member for Planning, said the council has been gradually phasing out reliance on printed paper documentation over many years, and as a final step in this process TDC will no longer be physically posting out paper copies of plans and associated documents to town and parish councils.
“By embracing the opportunities afforded to us as a result of remote working practices, and by moving away from a paper-based system to a fully electronic process, the council will not only make savings on printing and postage costs, but will further reduce its carbon footprint,” Councillor Stock said.
Training and guidance notes will be provided to those who need assistance to set up their accounts and make the best use of the Public Access system.
To view planning applications online go to www.tendringdc.gov.uk/planning/planning-applications/view-planning-applications-and-comment.