If you wish to develop or change the use of land, you are likely to require planning permission from the Council before you start work.
Planning applications are determined with reference to policies laid down by the Council and by the Government.
Policies are intended to ensure that development takes proper account of the:
- needs of the community
- impact on neighbours
- effect on the transport system
- impact on the environment.
In reaching a decision we will consider the views of neighbours and other interested parties.
An applicant who disagrees with a decision of the Council can appeal to the Government who will appoint an inspector to review the decision.
Applicants for most types of permission are required to pay a fee to the Council. Each year we decide more than 1300 applications, over 80% are approved normally with conditions attached.