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Changes to the Planning Service during the coronavirus outbreak

Planning - service update

We continue to register and determine planning applications. However our staff are all working from home so paper based processes will be affected and subject to change.  If you want to find out about planning applications near your property, you can use our online service to sign up for planning notifications.

New applications

If you are about to submit an application which is not time critical, we strongly urge you to consider delaying submission until further notice. Hard copy applications and cheques will take longer to process, and we urge everyone to submit electronically.  We are unable to accept cash payments at One Stop Shops.

Site notices

We are unable to put up site notices.  As an interim measure site notices will be posted to the applicant address.  Applicants will be asked to put up site notices and send us a photograph for our records.  If a site notice cannot be put up the consultation process will not be complete and we will be asking for the target date to be extended. 

Applications already received

Applications already received may be subject to delays and your case officer will be in touch to discuss this with you. 

All our officers are working at home so face to face meetings are not possible, however we are able to take part in virtual meetings or conference calls using online conferencing tools such as Skype etc.  

As a general principle, site visits will not be undertaken, particularly if they involve meeting members of the pubic or going into their homes.  As a result we may ask for your help in providing photographs to allow us to make decisions in the absence of a site visit. In some cases the lack of a site visit may mean that the application cannot be decided, which will be discussed with you. 

Historic paper planning applications

Planning history prior to 1996 may not be readily available because we are unable to retrieve paper files from our archives. Please continue to use the request planning history form and we will advise.

Commenting on applications

Hard copy comments will take longer to process and we urge everyone to use our online service to view and comment on planning applications.

Committee meetings

We are working with IT to set up and run virtual committee meetings while Covid-19 restrictions are in place.

View online committee information.

Plan making

There are no changes to the timetable for the local plan partial update and other plan making work is continuing largely unaffected 

Contacting us

If you cannot find what you need on the website, email development_management@bathnes.gov.uk. You will need to include your phone number so that we can call you back if necessary.

Pubs and restaurants operating as hot food takeaway outlets

The Government has relaxed permitted development regulations for 12 months so that pubs and restaurants can  operate as hot food takeaway outlets without needing permission for change of use. Find out more here.

The Council will not investigate any enforcement complaints against pubs and restaurants operating as a hot food takeaway premises. Owners of such businesses must notify the Local Planning Authority if they intend to change the use of their premise by emailing development_management@bathnes.gov.uk identifying your business name and address.

Additional licencing help
Operators of pubs and restaurants may still be subject to licencing laws and are encouraged to contact the Council’s licencing team by emailing licencing@bathnes.gov.uk

Delivery restrictions to retailers

The Government has relaxed restrictions on the times that deliveries can be made to shops. It is vital that deliveries of food, sanitary and other essential products over the coming weeks can be made as quickly and safely as possible. Find out more.

The Council will work with the retail sector to minimise the impacts on residents. However, minimising disruption to the supply chains on which our communities depend is vitally important so the Council will not take enforcement action that would affect deliveries of essential supplies. 

Planning is a complex process, and it can be hard to know where to start. Use this step-by-step chart to get a brief overview of the stages you will need to complete, how the decision making process works, and what happens next.

When you're ready to make an application, we strongly recommend that you use a planning agent to assist you through the process.

  1. Step 1

    1. You’ll probably need planning permission if you want to build something new, make a major change to your building (such as building an extension), or change the use of your building. If you live in a listed building, a conservation area or near to protected trees, even small alterations may require permission.

    2. Application or notification?

    3. For some types of development (such as agricultural building, or works to trees or hedgerows), you'll need to notify us of your proposed development, with a fixed period of notice before you start work. You'll be free to start the work if you don't hear from us within that notice period. You can do this via the standard application route on the Planning Portal

    4. Check if you need planning permission
    5. It's essential that you find out whether you need to get planning permission, or to send us a notification, before starting any building work. Otherwise, you may be breaking the law, and we may take enforcement action against you.

  2. Step 2

    Our Pre-application Advice and Development Team services provide an opportunity to discuss your proposed scheme and get clear, written advice from a Planning Officer before you submit an application. This will let you know the following: 

    • Whether or not your proposal is likely to be approved
    • What you can do to increase your chances of gaining approval 
    • How we will apply our policies to your proposal 
    • Which type of application form you'll need
    • What related or supporting information you'll need to submit
    • Any other things you may have to do, or charges you may have to pay

    Find out more about our Pre-application Advice and Development Team

    If timing is critical for the success of development, or you need an arrangement designed for your project's particular needs, you may also want to get a Planning Performance Agreement.

    To get the best quality design for your new scheme, in addition to our pre-application service, we recommend submitting your proposal to a panel for design review.

  3. Step 3

    Information you need to supply

    We determine all planning applications using national and local planning policy. There are national information requirements for all types of developments, and we may need additional information to assess how well your proposal fits our local planning policy.

    For all types of application, please ensure that you supply documents and plans in line with our best practice guidance.

    Fees and charges

    Check how much your application will cost (Planning Portal)

    Apply for planning permission

    We strongly recommend you use a planning agent to assist with your application.

  4. Step 4

    Once you submit an application, we'll validate it (make sure it is correct, and nothing is missing) and create a record on our Planning Register. We'll consult on most applications, and there will be a period of 21 days for people to make comments on the proposal. Finally, a planning committee or a Planning Officer will decide whether to approve it, and you'll receive a Planning Decision Notice. 

    Learn more about how we handle planning applications

    To check the status of your application online, enter your reference number For example: 19/03943/FUL
  5. Step 5

    Check discharging conditions

    Check your planning Decision Notice carefully.  Planning conditions may be applied to limit and control the way in which the planning permission is implemented.

    Read more about planning discharging conditions

    Check if you need Building Regulations approval

    Contact Building Control before starting any work or development, to make sure you get any necessary Building Regulations approval. This covers issues such as the technical details of your build, safety, accessibility and structural quality.

    If you don't get Building Regulations approval, you may have problems getting a mortgage, insuring or selling your property, and we may take enforcement action against you.

    Visit Building Control website

    Appeal against decisions

    If you don't agree with a planning decision we make, you can make an appeal. 

    Appeal against a planning decision (GOV.UK)