Coronavirus planning services update

We continue to carry out our development management and planning policy services despite facing a number of challenging restrictions.

Whilst the majority of officers are working from home we are attempting to maintain some office cover but this is limited.

If you wish to contact development management case officers please use email and we will do our best to reply but clearly responses may take longer than normal.

This page was last updated on 3 June 2020.

Pre-application service

No face to face meetings will be held for the foreseeable future. If you have a pre-application enquiry with us that involves a meeting, we can try to facilitate this via phone appointment in addition to written responses.

Future pre-applications enquiries will be handled in a similar way.

Site visits

At the moment, case officers are not carrying out routine site visits unless the site is remote and can be clearly and safely assessed from public land.

However, in all cases it is expected that up to date photographs of the site are submitted by applicants with their planning application.

Site notices

We will now be emailing these to you in order for them to be displayed on site. We would appreciate your help with this.

Extensions of time

Extensions of time are used on occasion to work to an agreed determination date for the benefit of both parties.

Greater use of these and for longer periods may become necessary to reflect the challenging circumstances we currently face.

Submitting material samples

Should you need to submit material samples as part of your application for planning permission or condition discharge, it is requested that in the first instance these details are sent electronically and should include the following information;

Full manufacturers details of the proposed materials (i.e. manufacturer/ product/ style/ colour) preferably with a link to the relevant website. This could also be supplemented by photographs of the materials.

Please e-mail your material details to: sue.wakefield@easthants.gov.uk.

Planning policy

Work to progress the new Local Plan continues.

No face to face meetings, or accompanied site visits will take place for the foreseeable future.

No Local Plan, SPD or CIL consultations are scheduled at present. A covering note to the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) has been published, however, the SCI will be updated prior to the next Local Plan consultation, so it’s clear how the Council will engage to make sure that everyone who wants to, can be involved.

To be kept up to date on the preparation of the new Local Plan, please register to receive the Council’s email alerts. Any queries, please email localplan@easthants.gov.uk.

At the moment, case officers are not carrying out routine site visits unless the site is remote and can be clearly and safely assessed from public land. However, in all cases it is expected that up to date photographs of the site are submitted by applicants with their planning application.