About Planning Control
The main duties of the team are to determine a variety of planning applications which include householder, advertisements, change of use, listed buildings as well as large scale residential, commercial and industrial development schemes.
Other duties include:
- Provide a formal enquiry system to determine if planning permission is required
- Provide pre application advice to potential applicants
- Negotiate with developers and applicants on formal proposals
- Deal with amendments to approved schemes
- Prepare and give evidence on behalf of the Council for Appeals
- Consult and liaise with other departments of the Council
- Represent the Council on external working groups and committees
The Planning Enforcement Section investigates complaints from all sources about breaches of planning control.
- Unauthorised building works
- Unauthorised change of use
- Breaches of advertisement control or planning conditions
- Unauthorised works to Listed Buildings and buildings in Conservation Areas
- Unauthorised works to trees either protected by a Tree Preservation Order or subject to planning conditions or within a conservation area
- Untidy sites causing unacceptable injury to visual amenity
Efforts are usually made to settle cases by negotiation but it may be necessary to resort to legal action.
Minerals and waste planning is the control of developments involving mineral extraction and processing and the disposal of wastes. Sites are monitored from their commencement through to the completion of a five year maintenance period.
- Minerals worked in Wrexham have included sand, gravel, coal, clay, ash, peat and limestone
- There are landfill sites of various sizes for domestic, commercial, industrial as well as demolition and construction wastes.
A document called "The Interim Statement of Minerals Policy" was published in March 1997. It contains a range of detailed policies in respect of mineral workings to cover the period during the preparation of the Unitary Development Plan.