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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Planning service

In the light of updated government advice we are implementing a number of measures to reduce the risk of spreading the Covid virus. This will inevitably mean a reduced and less accessible planning service so we ask applicants and the public to bear with us in this period of uncertainty.

Whilst we will still continue to deliver a planning service the following approach will apply until 31 May:

Officers will not be office based but can be contacted by email or telephone to provide pre-application advice or for ongoing correspondence on an existing planning application but face to face meetings will not take place. Please use existing contact details provided on our website or leave a message on the answerphone service on our mainline number (01439 772700). If you wish to be contacted by telephone, please remember to leave your contact number.

Unfortunately we are not able to access postal correspondence during this period so communication must be by email or telephone.

Unaccompanied site visits by planning officers will still need to take place so they can photograph and assess the proposal and the officer will be in contact by phone or email to notify when this will take place. Please let us know if this is acceptable to you. We will also be sending Site Notices via email to agents/applicants asking them to display the notice at the applicati on site.

All physical meetings have been postponed though national legislation is soon to be enacted to allow virtual planning committee meetings to take place using computer/video link. We expect the Planning Committee meeting on 21 May to take place in this way. As 95% of planning applications are decided through officer delegation, this is not likely to impact significantly on the timely determination of planning applications.