Planning and Building control

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Have your say on future building development

Strategic local plan
Date of last review: 09 October 2014

The Planning Department is responsible for controlling the use and development of land for homes and buildings in a sustainable way.

Building Control ensure that all newly erected, extended and altered buildings within the district meet building regulation requirements and are constructed to a standard that protects people's health, safety, welfare and convenience. 

Many developments will require both a planning application and a Building Control application.

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Search for Planning Applications

To view and comment on planning applications in the District.
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Making a Planning Application

How to apply online; application forms and guidance on what information we need; fees; how to get pre-application advice

How planning applications are decided

A guide to the planning applications process.

Do I need planning permission?

Advice on how to find out if you need planning permission.

Planning Policy

Information on the planning policies used to inform planning decisions; our current Local Plan; and updates on the progress of our Local Development Framework.

Planning Committee Meetings

Including information on our planning committees and the call-in process; how to find out which applications are going to committee; how to view the webcasts of the meetings.

Contacting the planning department

Information on our duty planning service; how to contact our planning officers and validation officers regarding your application; registering to speak at Committee.

Building Control

Information on our Building Control Service; Application forms and fees; advice and guidance; site inspections.

Trees and Woodlands

Information on Council-maintained trees, applications for tree works in conservation areas, Tree Preservation Orders, Sponsor a Tree.


Date of last review: 17 April 2014