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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:


The Planning Enforcement Section investigates complaints from all sources about breaches of planning control.

They include:

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.

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.

Determination of a Planning Application - Click for text version