Coronavirus and Our Services

Planning

All correspondence, applications and payments should now be made electronically.

Planning Meetings

Planning Policy Committee and Planning Committees meetings have been deferred until at least May, and we are investigating holding these meetings virtually.

Planning Applications

We continue to register and validate applications that are submitted via the portal or by post which have payment and the relevant documentation. We will post site notices while still in a position to do so.

For applications validated and consulted on before the lock down, we will continue to progress these to a decision if they are delegated. If triggered to go to Committee, we will place them on a list, awaiting confirmation of how future committee processes will be agreed.

For applications submitted since the lockdown, we will endeavour to register and validate them, and commence the consultation period. This will be kept under review to ensure third party consultation responses can be processed and the consultation process can be maintained equitably.

Where it is not possible for us to determine your application (including prior approval) within the prescribed time period, please work with Officers to agree extensions of time.

Applications to discharge pre-conditions are still being accepted and we are consulting with the normal agencies.  We will endeavour to determine these to permit development to commence lawfully.  In relation to undertaking sufficient work to amount to a lawful commencement , the developer is advised to undertake what work they can - e.g. digging a drainage trench or foundation trench - ensuring that this is in accordance with the approved plans - and taking photographic evidence and recording dates and measurements on a plan.  This evidence will be needed as officers will not be prioritising visits to the site under the present circumstances.

Currently the legislation does not permit an extension of time to a planning permission.  The Government may legislate to extend the period unilaterally or permit extensions of time applications, as with the last economic recession and until such time, developers should not assume this will happen.  However, if it does prove necessary to submit a planning application to renew a permission, the Council will understand the reasons for not implementing the permission in the current circumstances and take this into account.

Site Visits

Site visits have to be on the basis of a risk assessment and may need to be deferred until travel restrictions are lifted and may be conducted later in the assessment than normal. Officers will progress their report and continue to liaise with you over any changes, etc, as far as they can.