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Development management

High hedges

New laws are being brought in to help disputes between neighbours about high hedges.

If a neighbour's hedge is too high causing a problem such as blocking light, you can complain to your local authority.

Telecommunications equipment and masts

Mobile phones and related communications networks have expanded rapidly in recent years. The government believes modern telecommunications are essential to modern life. They are needed for the economic well being of the country.

Expanding the network has meant more equipment such as mobile phone masts. This has and will continue to impact the look of towns and countryside.

Planning guidance on telecommunications [external link]

Charter for Development Management

The Council has a Charter for Development Management. This is to explain how planning applications are dealt with. It also sets out the standard of service the council wishes to meet.

A guide prepared by the National Planning Forum in consultation with Central Government has helped build the charter. It also builds on the principles set out in the Local Government Association Planning, Enforcement and The Planning Users Concordats, which the Council endorse.

The Charter is linked to the aims and objectives which are set out in the Council's Best Value Performance Plan. This will ensure that the service meets local needs and priorities and to standards everyone can understand.

A charter for development management [pdf document]

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