Report(s) on the application prepared by the council processing officer will help inform those making a decision on the application. Therefore is it important these reports are concise and well-reasoned and provide an accurate description of the scale and significance of the anticipated environmental effects from the proposed activity.
The s42A report (known as the planner’s report) needs to provide an analysis of the information provided by the applicant or any person who made a submission against the considerations outlined in Section 104. When preparing the section 42A report, the planning officer does not need to repeat information that is included within the application but can adopt any or all of the information that has been provided by the applicant. This is not restricted to the information provided within the AEE but could, for example, include adopting the site description or the description of the proposal.
Further detail can be found in Making a Decision on the application.