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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.

Are you awaiting the outcome of a planning application?

Due to the very high number of planning applications, and staff recruitment issues, there may be a delay in planning decisions in some cases. The target is to deal with 75% of all planning applications within the eight week statutory timescales. At present, we are achieving 75%.  The average decision time for all planning applications is currently 13 weeks. For major applications, the average time is 19.9 weeks and for minors is 12 weeks. Householder planning applications are being considered faster, on average in 11 weeks.
If you are affected by a delay in your planning decision, we offer you our sincere apologies and ask you to bear with us. Our officers are doing their utmost to get through a very high workload as efficiently and quickly as they can. Many thanks for your patience - we will be in touch with you as soon as possible. Want to know more? Click here.

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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 and what you can do under permitted development rights.

Planning Policy

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

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 pre-application advice 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: 05 January 2016