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May 2012 - Council implements charging for written advice for Pre-application enquiriesAt the full Council meeting on the 18th April, 2012, the Council agreed to introduce charging for the first time, for written "Do I need Planning Permission?" and pre-application enquiries.
The charges are introduced from 1st of May 2012, and further advice, details and forms are available on the Forms Fees and Guidance pages.
The Council will continue to give free verbal advice on the telephone and face to face via the Duty Officer system. An officer is available at the Council Offices from 9:00am to 1:00pm, Monday, Tuesday and Friday and from 1:00pm to 5:00pm Wednesday and Thursday.
This is on a non appointment basis and the telephone number is 01263 516158.
A new, simpler framework for the planning system has been published for consultation. See the Planning Portal pages for more information.
North Norfolk District Council formally adopted the Site Allocations Development Plan Document at the Full Council Committee on Wednesday 23 February 2011. Also adopted was a new Core Strategy policy (HO9) for the Conversion & Re-use of Rural Buildings as Dwellings - this replaces the last remaining saved policy from the North Norfolk Local Plan 1998 (Policy LP29).
The documents specify the locations where the newly allocated development can take place and where the conversion of rural buildings to dwellings is acceptable. All of these developments are subject to the submission and approval of a satisfactory planning application and the adopted documents include a range of policy criteria which developers will be expected to comply with.
The final adopted documents are available to view here:
If you have any queries about the adopted documents please contact the Planning Policy Team on 01263 516318
September 2010 - Change to Code for Sustainable Homes RequirementFrom 1st October 2010 the requirement for new dwellings to comply with Policy EN6 in NNDC’s Core Strategy will be raised to require a Code for Sustainable Homes level 3 rating. Previously, since the introduction of the Core Strategy, a Code level 2 rating was required.
This is being updated as specified in Policy EN6 of the Core Strategy, and the 1st of October has been chosen to coincide with the introduction date of the 2010 Part L Building Regulation standards. For the avoidance of doubt, any application received by our planning department after close of business on 30th September will be subject to this new requirement.
There is an explanatory leaflet regarding our planning condition on the Code for Sustainable Homes for planning agents, clients and developers. This is available from our website (.pdf 38kb) or can be picked up from our Planning Reception.
The Government has published the amended regulations for the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), the new development charge due to be introduced in April.
CIL is a new power that allows councils to raise funds from developers alongside new building projects to help build infrastructure such as new schools, hospitals, roads and transport schemes as well as libraries, parks and leisure centres.
The new system will give developers certainty over the contributions they have to make to support local communities when they plan projects, ensuring that developers pay a fair share towards new local services that are needed.
The regulations, just published in Parliament, will allow councils to raise potentially an extra £700m a year, where councils choose to use the new regime. CIL is intended to replace the existing planning obligation arrangements based on s106 agreements.
The new system has been the subject of discussions with interested parties over the last 18 months. Key features of the final regulations include:
- allowing up to 100 per cent CIL relief in exceptional circumstances for developments that would otherwise not proceed.
- allowing payments of CIL to be made in-kind in the form of land provided that land is transferred with the intention of providing infrastructure.
- doubling the standard payment period to 60 days to ease cash flow for developers; and allowing payment by installments in many cases.
- introducing the potential for local authorities to borrow against future CIL receipts to allow infrastructure provision to be unlocked earlier in development, subject to the overall fiscal position of the country.
- providing additional reliefs for developing charities in line with the Government’s commitment to the voluntary and community sector.
- providing 100 per cent exemption from CIL for most types of affordable housing.
- enabling authorities to draw the administrative costs of CIL from CIL receipts.
6 October 2009 - Planning permission extension arrangements clarifiedThe Government has announced that the power to extend the time limits for existing full planning permissions will apply to all eligible consents and not just those for major development.
The new arrangements will come into force on 1 October and will also cover both listed building and conservation area consents.
The changes will cover planning permissions which are extant both on 1 October and at the date of application and have not yet commenced.
Outline permissions can also be extended under this power, CLG (Communities and Local Government) has decided, provided they are extant both on 1 October and at the date of application, and have not yet commenced.
The new application forms and the fees are now available from our Forms, Fees and Guidance Notes page. The forms must be printed off and filled in by hand. They are not yet available for online applications via the Planning Portal, and the local 'branding' across the top of the form is not available.