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How coronavirus is affecting planning at NWLDC

The Government has signalled that when the current crisis subsides the development industry will have a vital role in kick starting the economy and boosting demand. Therefore it is urging local planning authorities to put arrangements in place that keep them open for business.  The Council agrees wholeheartedly with that policy.

As a Council, we had already begun agile working and operating a paper light planning application process. Nearly all of our staff are now working from home and can be contacted via email.

A number of staff are working flexibly around childcare - they will get back to you as quickly as they can. We will of course be keeping staffing levels and workloads under constant review in light of any cases of self-isolation and childcare needs.

Most applications can be registered remotely, so please help us by making electronic submissions through the planning portal where possible.

We are continuing to consult on planning applications and consider any comments made.

We have retained our paid major pre-application advice service and free non-major pre-application advice service for minor pre-application enquiries.  We are aiming to respond to pre-application enquiries within 28 days and site visits will not be undertaken.  For enquiries relating to whether planning permission is required, we please request that you make use of the Self-Assessment forms and where these are not relevant to your proposal, you write into us with detailed information and we will aim to respond to you within 21 days.

For planning applications, accompanied site visits will rarely be required and accompanied site visits will be made at our officers discretion and will only be carried out where social distancing measures can be adhered to.  In some instances we will be asking applicants/agents to provide us with up to date photographs of the site to assist us.

In accordance with the latest advice on social distancing, the Council Offices are closed for external customers we are unable to have face-to-face meetings.  Your case officer will contact you to discuss alternative arrangements which could be via phone call or video conferencing.

All of these arrangements will be kept under review and we would like to thank you for your co-operation during these challenging times.

Frequently Asked Questions

- What’s the difference between planning and building control?

Who owns this piece of land?

Where can I find professional help?

Professional help can be found at the below websites:

The Royal Town Planning Institute,

The Royal Institute of British Architects,

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors,

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists

- How much does a planning application cost?Fees2018 (PDF Document, 0.1 Mb)

What documents do I need to submit for my planning application?National and Local Requirements for Planning Applications (July 2013) (Word Document, 1.71 Mb)

What issues can be taken into consideration on a planning application? How we make decisions

How long does an application take to determine?

Are all planning applications determined by the Planning Committee?

- What does a site plan look like? Sample Site Plan (PDF Document, 0.1 Mb)

Last updated: Tue 4 May, 2021 @ 18:41