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The Planning Department provides the following services:

  • To determine planning and related applications from developers and members of the public and subsequently to defend planning decisions taken by the Council if taken to appeal
  • To provide free professional planning advice to prospective developers and members of the public, for example explaining process/timescale and permitted development rights within the local planning framework
  • To investigate breaches of planning control and take enforcement action if necessary

The following pages will guide you on how the planning permission process works, and how we can help you if you are unsure what type of permission, if any, you need for your application: