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Planning and building

Coronavirus (COVID-19): planning and building updates

In light of the current situation, there are some changes to our planning and building services.

We won't hold any face to face meetings right now. All planning discussions will either take place over the phone or by email. We're able to hold conference calls if there are several participants.

If a site visit is required:

  • We'll ask you if anyone on the site has tested positive for COVID-19, has symptoms or is self-isolating. If this is the case, we won't visit.
  • We'll contact you or your agent to let you know what day we'll visit your site. Unfortunately, we can't give you a specific time as our planning officers visit several sites every day.
  • Please stay indoors during the site visit but leave any gates unlocked so the planning officer has full external access without having to knock on your door. If you live in a terraced house, the officer will, if possible, gain access from the rear.
  • Please don't talk to the planning officer during your site visit unless it's essential. If it is essential, you should stay at least 2 metres from them at all times.

We'll continue to monitor the situation closely, carefully and frequently and update this website if anything changes.

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View the status of, object to, and comment on applications, decisions and appeals.

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Check whether you need to apply for certain types of planning permission.

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You can contact us for pre-application discussions.

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Make a building regulations application.

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Land and property

Property for sale, industrial units to rent and more.

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Apply for works to a tree or search for tree preservation orders.

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Brownfield land register

Find brownfield sites across the borough.

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Help with meeting building regulations

Guides to help you meet building regulations.

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Book a building inspection

Book an inspection so we can check the work complies with building regulations.

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If you're concerned about a planning matter, please report it to us.

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Planning obligations are legal agreements for land.

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What happens after an application is submitted.

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Complain about a neighbour's hedge

Please complain to us only as a last resort.

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Report a dangerous building

If you think a building is dangerous, you can report it.

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Find out how to appeal a decision.


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