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We apologise for the fact our weekly planning email has not been issued in recent weeks. This has been to allow our communications team to focus on the immediate response to the coronavirus outbreak. We are now settling into a ‘new normal’ and are now able to resume this service.

Making decisions on planning applications during the coronavirus outbreak

At the start of the outbreak we had to suspend committee meetings. The Government has now issued new regulations that will allow us to hold meetings virtually. Our first such meeting will be on 30 April.

Planning committee members will dial-in to meetings by telephone and debates will be conducted as usual with voting taking place remotely. They will have full access to all the usual information they receive when deciding a planning application.

These meetings will also be broadcast live on our webcasting page so the public can view them.

The public will not be allowed to attend committee meetings as it is non-essential travel and will help continue to limit the spread of the virus. People will still be able to comment on planning applications in the usual way and make representations which will be read out to members.

Please visit our Planning Committee page for more information.

Decisions on all other planning applications which do not need to go to committee will be made in the usual way.

Site visits and site notices

Officers will not be carrying out site visits at this time. Instead we will be requesting  applicants provide photographic and/or video evidence as may be necessary. If insufficient evidence is made available to allow officers to adequately assess the applications, we will seek to agree extensions of time with applicants, to deal with their planning applications.

Officers will not themselves be placing site notices at this time, but will ask applicants to display these and provide evidence to confirm this. 

Weekly planning lists

Below are links to the weekly planning lists, including those published over the last few weeks.

Planning enforcement during the coronavirus outbreak

To help limit the spread of coronavirus our planning enforcement officers are limiting their travel and not currently carrying out site inspections, unless a reported breach of planning control is classed as category A and a site visit is considered necessary. The need for a site visit will be considered on a case by case basis.

Please be assured, that when normal travel arrangements can be resumed, all reported breaches of planning control will be investigated fully in accordance with the council’s adopted Planning Enforcement Plan. 

More information is available on our Planning Enforcement page.