Planning service delays
There may be a longer than usual delay responding to planning queries at the moment due to staff shortages and an increase in the number of enquiries to the team. Our officers are working as fast as possible, please bear with us and avoid sending follow up emails or making repeat calls. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
We are doing our very best to continue with ‘business as usual’ at this time. However, we also have to consider guidance from the government, so we have decided that we will not be holding any non-essential meetings for the time being.
From Thursday 5 November for at least the next four weeks, our planners will only be posting site notices in the following cases:
- listed building applications
- major applications
- applications needing a Environment Impact Assessment (EIA)
- departures - where applications do not meet the requirements of the development plan
- where we cannot identify neighbouring land
- for applications on works to trees subject to a tree preservation order we have made
- Class Q planning applications - a form of permitted development which allows the change of use of certain buildings from agriculture to residential use
As well as this our officers will not be making any non-urgent site visits, including enforcement.
For agents and applicants, the best way to contact us about specific applications is to email or phone your case officer direct and copy in email@example.com.
When making an application please make sure you have checked what information is required our Local List web pages.
General enquiries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Planning Support Team will make every effort to respond as quickly as possible but you may find that there are delays over the coming weeks.
Viewing planning applications, documents and making representations – this can be done through our online planning service.
There are no plans at present, to cancel or defer Planning Committee meetings but should this decision be taken then the website will be updated.
To report a breach of planning, all enquiries should be submitted to our Enforcement Team online - the team will then respond as soon as possible. Please see the website for further information on our planning enforcement service.
Changes to construction site working hours to enable social distancing working practices.
From 22 July 2020 urgent changes to construction working hours to support safe construction working in line with the government’s latest social distancing guidance on construction and other outdoor work may be requested. Applicants will need to provide details of:
- the planning permission to which the application relates
- the existing agreed construction working hours
- details to identify the condition or approved document such as construction management plan which details the working hours
- the proposed revised construction working hours
- the date the revised construction working hours should take effect
- the date on which the application is sent
- the date on which the revised construction working hours should cease to have effect (no later than 1st April 2021)
To aid swift decision making, applicants should also provide:
- a short justification on why extended hours are necessary to enable safe working practices on site
- a list of the primary construction activities, expected to take place during the extended working hours, including plant and equipment to be used
- a proportionate assessment (where relevant) of the likely impact of noise upon sensitive uses near to the site (eg. dwellings, hospitals and, care homes)
- details of their mitigation plan as set out below
We are expected to be supportive of reasonable requests to change working hours. We should accept proposals and only reject them where are very strong reasons for its rejection or unreasonable impacts would be caused if it is accepted. These reasons could include the significant impact on neighbouring businesses or uses, such as care homes which are particularly sensitive to noise, dust or vibration which cannot be overcome through other mitigation or where impacts on densely populated areas would be unreasonable.
Once a request is received our Planning Team will make a decision within 14 working days.
Requests to vary a condition should be made online or sent to email@example.com
Full details about the announcement and the process involved with changing working hours can be found on the Government's guidance for construction work.
Planning Committee meetings
Information about how we are holding the meetings during the coronavirus outbreak can be found in our Planning Committee Protocol for virtual meetings.
Information about all our planning services is available in the planning section of this website.
Extended planning permissions
The Business and Planning Act 2020 temporarily modifies the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 to enable certain planning permissions and listed building consents which have lapsed or are due to lapse during 2020 to be extended. Full details are available using this link: Planning Permission Guidance