Consultant will provide planning and building control services for council in Norfolk

Consultant Capita Symonds has signed a deal with Breckland Council in Norfolk to provide planning and building control services to the authority.

Dave Spencer, executive director, Capita Symonds

The contract is valued at around £40m and is expected to generate £4m in savings to the council over the course of the partnership.

Dave Spencer, executive director at Capita Symonds, said: “Breckland Council are a forward thinking council and we very much look forward to working with its members and officers for the benefit of Breckland residents as we grow our new business in Norfolk.”

The scheme involves the transfer of some 50 of Breckland Council’s planning and building control staff to Capita, creating a new operation of services that will be based at the council’s offices at East Dereham, Norfolk.

Tim Leader, deputy chief executive of Breckland Council, said: “Our planning and building control departments have a reputation for delivering an efficient and professional service.

“The staff within these teams will be transferred to Capita Symonds under a TUPE agreement. This gives Capita Symonds a wealth of expertise to utilise whilst they make further enhancements, create efficiencies and increase earning potential.”

Capita Symonds also plans to expand the new business by using it as a hub to offer planning and building control services to other local authorities across East Anglia and the South East of England.

The consultant is currently providing flexible planning support and expertise to approximately 45 local authorities across the UK.

The 15 year contract will commence on 29 June.