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Planning Permission

Normally if you wish to develop land or buildings you will have to apply to us for planning permission.

Before you apply please discuss your proposals with us. You will be able to get key advice from us that will to help you save time and money by getting your planning application right first time. We call this pre-application advice and it is highly recommended.

Development includes building, engineering, mining or other operations in, on, over or under land, or changing the way a building or piece of land is used, by anyone.

Some small scale development may not need permission – this is called permitted development. For example in certain circumstances small house extensions, garages, porches, garden sheds, boundary walls and changes to businesses may not need planning permission.

Please note: Due to the continued high volume of submitted applications, there may be a delay in the assessment and determination of planning applications. It may take longer than the statutory 8 or 13 weeks to determine your application but we will endeavour to determine your application as soon as possible. You may receive a request from the Case Officer to agree to an extended period of time to determine the application.

The planning service is similarly experiencing high levels of demand for pre-application advice and due to this there may be a delay in our assessment and response to these. We will advise you if this is the case. Any potential delay will vary depending on the nature and complexity of the proposal.  Please be assured that Case Officers are working extremely hard to progress these as quickly as possible.

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