Planning - Residential
If you know that you need planning permission, but would like a planning officer to look at your designs before you submit a formal planning application, you will need to complete and return a Request for Pre-application advice form giving us all the relevant drawings, photos and information. You will have to pay for pre-application advice. The scale of fees is included in the guidance notes.
There has been recent publicity about a change in the planning law, altering the rules about what type of development you need to make an application for. The new permitted development rules are complex, and do not mean that you can automatically build what you like at your home. These changes only apply to you if you know that you have Permitted Development Rights. To find out whether you still have Permitted Development Rights by checking your planning history you can visit the Planning Department to check our archives. This can be done without an appointment, between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday-Friday.
The Planning Department no longer advises whether or not planning permission is required. If you require confirmation of this type, please submit an application for a Lawful Development Certificate for the proposed development. This application costs half the normal fee for the equivalent planning application. Check the downloadable fee guidance notes and the relevant forms for more information.
Further guidance on whether or not you need planning permission can be found at http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/ however, these guidelines do not apply to any addresses that have had their Permitted Development Rights removed. We therefore advise that before consulting the planning portal you first check your property's planning history to ascertain whether or not these Rights have been removed. If they have, then planning permission will automatically be required for any development proposed at the site.