Planning Permission

The government-run Planning Portal provides you with information and guidance about the planning process for businesses and professionals who represent them. It is a good place to look before you decide whether you need to put in a planning application.

We currently offer a free pre-application advice service for developments which can be useful when you are considering submitting a planning application.  Pre-application enquiries can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your enquiry will be assigned to a Case Officer who will endeavour to respond to your enquiry within 4 weeks. However, please note that during extremely busy periods the response times may exceed 4 weeks.

In making your application you will need to submit the following information:

  • A location plan *
  • A site layout plan *
  • Drawings (these will not normally be needed in the case of outline applications)
  • Design and Access statements

You should also note that the design of all new development is a material consideration in determining planning applications.

* See how you can Buy a Plan online to support your application on the Planning Portal website.

You or your agent may also require additional information about planning policies that could affect your application. All local authorities are required to produce a Local Plan with the aim of providing a more flexible planning system that adapts to changing priorities and which seeks to secure sustainable development. It is shaped by the National Planning Policy Framework.