Wealden and Eastbourne authorities’ building control unite

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Two neighbouring local authorities in East Sussex have combined their building control services to provide a streamlined service to local architects and builders.

The East Sussex Building Control Partnership combines the expertise and resources of the building control operations of Eastbourne Borough Council and Wealden District Council, while reducing overheads. The two local authority areas contain over 12 million square metres of built space.

“Combining the two services will help us to reduce our overheads to provide our customers with a good value, consistent approach to building control,” said Mark Gray who becomes Building Control Manager of the East Sussex Building Control Partnership.

“The Partnership brings together the combined expertise of both councils, covering both urban and rural environments. We can provide a cost-effective solution to ensure a wide range of building regulations can be met through local solutions.”

The ESBCP will be based in Wealden, initially at Wealden District Council’s Crowborough offices before relocating to Hailsham in the summer of 2012. Paul Dunstall becomes the Partnership Assistant Building Control Manager.

New flexible working practices, adopted by Eastbourne and Wealden District Councils, will enable Partnership staff to work from a number of different locations while maintaining access to records and colleagues. This will enable them to serve a large part of East Sussex more efficiently.

“We are greatly excited by this new initiative,” said Kelvin Williams, head of Planning and Building Control at Wealden District Council. “It will provide a competitive and business-orientated approach for new and existing customers.”

Information about the new fee structure for the service can be found on the Wealden web site, www.wealden.gov.uk - see under Building Control.