Planning information

 The planning system aims to maintain and improve the environment and appearance of the Borough by balancing the protection of the environment and amenities of the area against the social and economic benefits that new development may bring. It controls development through decisions on planning applications which take account of the policy framework and Government guidance and the individual merits of each scheme. Public input into both the format of the plan and the determination of each  planning application is central to the process.

 The section also deals with planning enforcement and handling of planning appeals.


Interactive Map

The Council has published an Interactive Map showing planning applications received in the last 3 years and links to the related planning documents. Searches can be carried out using; Planning reference number, Address or Postcode.  Any comments you have on the map please email 


Changes to permitted development rights for household extensions and changes of use

As of  30 May 2013  The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2015 comes into force. This amendment introduces a number of temporary relaxations and/or new procedures for householder extensions, schools, changes of use, extensions to commercial premises, and the removal of prior approval for telecommunications apparatus in conservation areas. For householder six and eight metre extensions you can apply by downloading the Householder Prior Approval Form.


Planning applications are available to view online.  If you require a planning application to be uploaded to the website please email your request to