We continue to deliver our planning service, while following the latest Government advice regarding coronavirus.
Following Government social-distancing advice, we are seeking to avoid all face-to-face meetings and restrict site visits where possible. Email will be the preferred means of contact at this time. 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 might be necessary to postpone it until circumstances permit. Where a site visit can be accommodated, this will only take place subject to safeguards*:
Applications can be submitted online. Planning Officers continue to 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.
We are currently looking at proposals to enable future planning committees to function using remote working technology and will provide more information on this in due course/as required.
We would like to thank everyone for their cooperation during these unprecedented times.
*For a site visit to take place in the current circumstances, written confirmation will need to be provided that no-one at the property (if residential) is self-isolating, updated up to the day of the site visit if necessary - If they are self-isolating then the visit will be postponed until written confirmation is received that no-one in residence is self-isolating; the site visit must be unaccompanied (no meet or greet or any interaction with the case officer); and the case officer won’t need to access a residential dwelling and/or any other building (in which people normally reside/work) to be able to properly conduct the visit and assess the proposal. Where these criteria cannot be satisfied, the site visit will need to be postponed.
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