The planning system helps to ensure that development takes place in the public interest, in economically, socially and environmentally sustainable ways. It has a major impact on how local neighbourhoods look, feel and function. It also has a role to play in helping to cut carbon emissions, protect the natural environment and deliver energy security. 


As a result of a High Court decision on 31 July 2015 which successfully challenged the national planning policy set out in a Ministerial Statement on 28 November 2014 the Council will, with immediate effect, be re-instating the approach  that the Council had taken immediately prior to the introduction of that Ministerial Statement.

The Ministerial Statement of policy which has been quashed excluded developments of 10 units or 1,000 square metres or less from affordable housing requirements and ”tariff based” contributions, and imposed a lower threshold of five units in rural areas, national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty. This policy, also provided that, where a vacant building is brought back into use, or demolished for redevelopment, local authorities will provide a credit for that floorspace for affordable housing contributions

This change will affect both applications already being processed but which are undetermined at the present time and new applications. We will be contacting all affected applicants or their agent with undetermined applications under consideration in order to discuss the way forward on a case by case basis.  We would encourage any applicant or agent who may be affected by this change to contact us to discuss how this affects the planning considerations of their specific case.

See below for some frequently asked planning questions.

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