Please be aware that there will be some delays in our response times which is unavoidable at the moment. We are experiencing an increase in Covid-related staff absence and many of our staff are working hard to balance work and home schooling. The Council is committed to supporting our staff to work flexibly to enable a balance to be reached which means our officers may be working different hours.
Please bear with us at this difficult time. We are mindful of the personal pressures that a third lockdown places on us all and we respectfully ask that you are considerate when communicating with our staff.
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.
The Planning Service has changed the way we work due to Covid:
- We are working remotely.
- The Council supports our staff to work flexibly.
- This means that some officers may work different hours.
We have brought forward new ways of working and will continue to do as required. We use prepared:
- emails and
- other notifications.
Not all have been updated. Some of these may refer to ways of working that have been temporarily suspended or changed. You can find out about how we are working differently using this link: Covid-19 impact on planning processes.
Guidance for Applicants
- our videos with Councillor Hannaford to help understand how the planning process works
- further links to useful information which will assist you when making your application.
Councillor Hannaford explains what we consider when determining a planning application:
Councillor Edwina Hannaford explains why officers determine some planning applications:
Before making a planning application
Information that can assist when making a planning application
- Householder design guide
- Householder submission guide
- Tree application submission guide
- Planning policy
- Conservation advice
- Design and access statements
Making a planning application
After you've made a planning application
- Notification and publicity of no planning applications
- Role of Divisional Ward Member in Planning
- Role of Local Councils in Planning
- Revisions and amendments to planning applications
- Section 106 planning obligations
- How planning applications are decided
- Discharging planning conditions