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Meet or talk to a duty planning officer for an informal discussion before you submit an application.
The Planning Duty Officer is able to provide informal advice about making householder applications, to members of the public.
The service is accessible by telephone or face to face at the Council offices on a non appointment basis. The duty officer will return your call as soon as practicably possible or you will be seen as soon as they are available.
Each customer will be allocated a maximum of 15 minutes for their enquiry. Please note, this service is not for planning agents.
The Planning Duty Officer will provide advice on the following:
- General advice on Permitted Development Rights
- General advice on alterations, extensions and improvements to existing dwellings
- Provide informal advice on matters of procedure and process
- Provide help with the interpretation of plans and drawings
- Provide general advice on how the Council deals with planning applications
- Give general advice on who to contact and how best to seek formal pre-application advice
What information do I need to bring with me?
It would be helpful if you could bring the following information with you when visiting the Planning Duty Officer:
- A plan or drawing of the property or site in question
- Plans, sketches, information or brochures/leaflets showing what you are proposing to do
- Photographs of the property or site and the surrounding area
The Planning Duty Officer cannot provide a definitive view as to whether planning permission will be granted by the Local Planning Authority. This can only be considered fully upon receipt of a planning application and after a thorough assessment against Development Plan Policies and other material considerations including representations and comments from neighbours and third parties.
Any advice given by the Planning Duty Officer does not indicate any formal decision by the Council as Local Planning Authority. Any views or opinions expressed are given in good faith, without prejudice to the formal consideration of any planning application following statutory public consultation, the issues raised and evaluation of all available information.