HYNDBURN Council is set to grant planning powers to officers at Rossendale Borough Council, it was announced. In a report for councillors, executive director of legal and democratic services Jane Ellis said the council hopes to save money by sharing the two councils’ planning and development contral service. She said: “In many cases, Hyndburn planning applications will continue to be dealt with by Hyndburn officers. However, in order to ensure we operate as efficiently as possible, there will be occasions when Hyndburn applications will be dealt with by Rossendale Borough Council planning officers, under the overall supervision and control of Hyndburn’s chief planning and transportation officer Simon Prideaux, who will head up the shared service.”