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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - 3 April 13:11

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Local requirements for planning applications

Changes to the Planning Service during the coronavirus outbreak

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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 will take longer to process and we urge everyone to submit electronically. All payments must be made electronically at the point of submission, and we are unable to accept cash or cheque payments at this time.

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. 

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 our IT and Democratic Services teams to ensure that future committee meetings will run.

Contacting us

If you cannot find what you need on the website, email 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 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

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. 

There is a huge range of different sorts of planning application, depending on the current use and status of the site, and the development you're proposing. To find out which application type you need, go to the Planning Portal. Once you know your type of application, you can view the local checklist for documents you'll need to supply below.

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

Permission in principle

Appropriate Alternative Development (in the case of a Compulsory Purchase Order)