Information about Covid19:
Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.

Information for planning applicants

Please be aware that we are experiencing a significant increase in the volume of general planning enquiries and planning enforcement enquiries. Whilst we are aiming to maintain customer service there may be a delay in dealing with enquiries during this period.  However, we are working hard to keep the planning service operating effectively and have changed most of our working practices accordingly.  We are undertaking site visits on a risk assessed basis where virtual means of assessment are not available.  This is to ensure that we comply with the government guidance on social distancing and to protect our staff and our residents.  We have changed our procedures for Planning Committees, site notices, availability of information by hard copy and office availability.  For more details on our revised processes, please see our FAQs Covid-19 impact on planning processes and bear with us at this difficult time. Thank you for your understanding. 

It is likely that you will need planning permission if you want to build something new, make a major change or change the use of a building.  Find out about the planning process, what you need to do before making a planning application and what happens after.  There are also a number of useful guides which will assist you when making your application.

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Watch the video of Councillor Hannaford explaining what factors are taken into account when determining a planning application.


Councillor Edwina Hannaford explains Why are some planning applications determined by officers?