Coronavirus impact on planning services

Changes to planning services and extensions to construction site working hours.

Service update

At the current time the Council is continuing to register and validate planning applications to begin the process of considering them. Large scale, significant applications will not be consulted on, this will be kept under review; other applications may be consulted upon and this will be judged on a case by case basis.

The Council relies on external parties to carry out the statutory consultation process and the ability to fulfil this is being monitored. View guidance on Planning Committee meetings.

Planning enforcement requests continue to be actioned where possible.

Development management and planning enforcement officers are not currently conducting site visits; you may be requested to provide further photographic information to assist in progressing cases. Please supply photographs with your application on submission.

The Development Management service is continuing to deal with its regular range of cases. However, as all staff are following the Prime Minister’s advice aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 and are largely working from home, the service is not be able to receive or process hard copy correspondence. During this temporary period, it is recommended that:

Please do bear with us and be patient as we work through what we can and can’t do. Further updates will be posted here.

Revised hours of working on construction sites

The Written Ministerial Statement 'Construction Update' (13 May 2020) made it clear that construction work can be undertaken providing sites are able to operate safely in line with the new COVID-19 Secure guidelines.

Read the application guidance for temporary extensions to working hours (pdf, 58 KB).

Additional Environmental Approvals

The Business and Planning Act 2020 temporarily modifies the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 to enable certain planning permissions and listed building consents in England which have lapsed or are due to lapse during 2020 to be extended.

View how to apply for an Additional Environmental Approval (pdf, 66 KB).

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Updated: 24 August 2020