The delivery of the planning service continues to follow the latest Government advice regarding coronavirus.
In line with recent government guidance, we would ask that applications be submitted online. This will assist remote working by reducing the amount of staff time required at the offices to process paper applications.
Application Processing and Meetings/Site Visits
With regard to Government social-distancing advice, we are seeking to avoid face-to-face meetings and restrict site visits where possible. Officers will suggest conference calls and other similar means of available technology where necessary. This can include the submissions of up-to-date video and/or photographs of the site/location with the application to assist remote working. When a site visit is required, it will be carried out in accordance with the following Protocol: Site Visit Protocol.
Planning Officers continue to do a large part of their work from home. While we will still aim to process an application within the normal determination period, where delays do occur and in line with current arrangements, we will contact applicants/agents to seek agreement for a formal extension.
The Planning Committee function is continuing with remote meetings. Members of the Planning Committee and officers attend remotely, while the public can watch the meeting through a live link posted on the website. More information about the virtual committee process is available here.
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