We are taking measures to safeguard the public and ensure our most vulnerable residents are supported while continuing to provide critical services.
Maintaining the momentum in planning is considered an essential service that we will continue to provide.
Our Officers will often be able to carry out site visits without needing to directly access properties. Should such access be required they will call ahead and ask without needing to enter any homes or meet with you.
Officers will not be attending non-essential meetings and wherever possible will be undertaking phone conversations and conference calls rather than face to face meetings.
Due to the Government guidance on measures to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), we will holding meetings in a virtual manner which will be live webcast on our website. Members of the public who would normally register to speak will be asked to provide a written statement instead, the statement will then be read out by the Governance and Democracy Case Manager after the Planning Officer has presented their report.
The planning system in the UK manages the use and development of land and buildings. The aim of the system is to create better places for people to live, work and play in. It is how we as a society strike a balance between allowing development of land and buildings to support economic development, and provide the things we need (like homes, jobs, shops and transport), and improving and conserving public spaces, heritage, amenities and the environment, and help to tackle climate change.