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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.

Site visits by officers will only be carried out where social distancing measures can be adhered to.  If this is not possible, we will discuss the potential for alternative ways of assessing the site or, in appropriate cases, request your agreement that consideration of the application be paused.  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.

The Council are still ensuring that the majority of applications are still being determined using delegated powers but Planning Committee is now operating as a virtual meeting.

Unfortunately, due to resource issues which have arisen due to the coronavirus, we have had to temporarily suspend our non-major pre-application advice and ‘do I need planning permission’ service for any new requests in order to allow us to concentrate on dealing with planning applications.  It is anticipated that the service will be re-introduced on 1st October 2020. 

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)

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Last updated: Fri 28 August, 2020 @ 20:21