Planning Development

Planning Service Updates

Service update - COVID-19

25 March 2021

Please be aware we are experiencing a significantly higher than usual demand for our services over an increasingly sustained period of time. This is as well as dealing with staff absences and ICT issues. As such there is likely to be a delay in the determination of planning applications, responses to pre-application enquiries, tree works applications and TPOs, enforcement investigations and the response times to enquiries and e-mails. We ask for your continued patience and understanding at this time, while we establish a strategy for clearing the increased backlog.

9 March 2021

From today we will be making some changes to the Planning Development webpages. We hope that this won’t create any problems, but if you do experience any issues (such as with broken links) please do let us know by emailing to

6 January 2021

For the period of the current lockdown the local planning authority will only be undertaking site visits relating to planning applications, tree works or planning enforcement where they are essential and it is safe to do so. Internal visits will not be undertaken unless the building is unoccupied and can be accessed independently. We would ask that all applications are submitted with photographs to assist with the speed of determination. Site notices will continue to be placed for major development, with letters sent to immediate neighbours (where there are any) for minor development.

Please note that administrative staff are only accessing the building once a week. Therefore should any post be received it will not be dealt with immediately, and we would continue to encourage electronic communication wherever possible.

3 December 2020

Unfortunately, due to a significant increase in workloads the Planning Authority’s response times for pre-application advice may be longer than the standard 21 working days. Officers will contact you should the response time be longer than anticipated and set out a revised response time.

Seaclose Office remains closed to the public so, in accordance with temporary legislation, planning documents will only be available to view online. We would continue to ask that all correspondence is undertaken electronically wherever possible, including comments on planning applications. Please be aware that if you send paper correspondence to Seaclose Office, there will be a delay in processing as staff continue to primarily work from home.