Planning application and permission
What planning permission is, when and when it's not needed, and how to get permission
Planning application fee increase
Legislation will come into force on Wednesday 17 January which will mean planning application fees will increase by 20 per cent across the country. The legislation also introduces new categories in regard to applications for Permission in Principle.
All money raised from the increase in fees is ring-fenced and will be used to improve the Council’s planning service.
Idox Public Access
On 2nd January 2018 we are starting the final phase of a project to replace the software we use for residents to view and comment on Planning Applications. To do this we have to export the data from the old system into the new, so during this time we can’t take online comments, however we will accept comments via email or by normal mail. People can still view documents on the old system but wont be able to view any new documents received in 2018 until the work is complete. The new Public Access site will go live in February 2018. The user guide for the new system can be downloaded here [pdf document].
As of 1 July 2017 we are no longer able to provide Site Location Plans, however there are a number of suppliers in the UK from which Ordnance Survey maps suitable for use in planning applications can be obtained. These can be bought online directly from Ordnance Survey partners [external link].
There is a change of procedure being introduced on 1 May 2016: ALL plans and drawings submitted in support of a planning application submitted from 1 May 2016 MUST indicate a title of the drawing, a drawing number; paper size (preferably A3); key dimensions; and a scale bar indicating a minimum of 0-10 metres. In the absence of this information applications will not be validated. In future the Council will issue decision notices to grant planning permission in accordance with drawings/plans and reference number identifier. Plans will no longer be stamped and returned to an applicant/agent.