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Planning information

Gloucester is still open for business and we are aiming to progress all planning applications as far as possible in these stretching times

New applications

The best way to submit new applications is via Planning Portal. We have limited and infrequent access to the office and any paper applications will likely be delayed.  Where possible please submit everything electronically.

Publicity for planning applications

Neighbour letters and media advertising will happen as normal.

In order to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), we are following Government advice on social distancing and avoiding non-essential travel. Therefore, in some circumstances, site notices will be sent to applicants to display (with instructions) and will not be displayed by the Council.

Site visits

We are avoiding visiting sites unless absolutely necessary and the following will occur where a site visit would have been required

  • Where possible our officers will rely on photos and web based images to make decisions
  • Where this is not possible, officers will speak to customers to seek more photos
  • If a site visit is still required, we will only be able to visit in limited circumstances where social distancing is possible
  • If a site visit is required but not possible in current circumstances, we will seek extensions of time for those applications as opposed to visiting sites

Inevitably this is likely to have an impact on our ability to process some applications.

officers will only be able to make site visits in limited circumstances

Decision making and planning committee

Virtual planning committees will be held until further notice, please read the arrangements for public participation at virtual planning committee.

Pre-application advice

Our pre-application service is continuing over the phone and by email, however, we are currently unable to offer a site visit service or face to face meeting.

Extension of Planning Permissions and Listed Building Consents

The Government have introduced a new 'interim' application type to allow applicants to extend their permissions that expired over the Coronavirus pandemic.

Certain planning permissions and listed building consents which have lapsed or are due to lapse during 2020 can be extended.

Types of applications that are automatically extended:

Full planning permission and outline planning permission

Unimplemented full planning and outline permissions with time limits for implementation which were due to lapse between 19 August 2020 (when the provisions came into force) and 31 December 2020 are extended to 1 May 2021. This happens automatically, with no requirement to obtain Additional Environmental Approval from the Local Planning Authority.

Reserved matters applications

Applications for the approval of reserved matters required under an outline planning permission which would otherwise expire between 23 March 2020 and 31 December 2020 are automatically extended to 1 May 2021. 

Listed building consent

All listed building consents with a time limit for implementation between 23 March 2020 and 31 December 2020 will be automatically extended to 1 May 2021.

Additional Environmental Approval Applications

Types of applications requiring additional environmental approval:

Full planning permission and outline planning permission

Planning permissions and outline planning permissions which expired between 23 March 2020 and 19 August 2020 can be extended to 1 May 2021, subject to an Additional Environmental Approval being granted the Local Planning Authority. Please use our on-line form to apply 

Applicants should submit applications no later than 2 December 2020

Further information is available on: Extensions of planning permission and listed building consents

Construction working hours

Construction working hours

The Business and Planning Act has introduced a new route for applicants seeking to extend construction site working hours until 1 April 2021. The temporary fast track deemed consent route under section 74B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 will enable changes to construction working hours to support safe construction working in line with latest social distancing guidance. This route does not apply to householder developments.

Further information is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/construction-working-hours-draft-guidance/draft-guidance-construction-site-hours-deemed-consent

The Council will balance the protection of residents’ amenities with the need to get the construction industry back on its feet. To submit your application, complete this form.

The Council has 14 calendar days to consider an application. If an application is approved, this will temporarily amend construction working hours until 1 April 2021, unless another date has been agreed. If the application is not determined within 14 days (excluding public holidays), the revised working hours are deemed to have been consented to and construction can take place in accordance with these new hours.

We will be working with the suggested times government has advised and we will require safeguards and that you work to best practice.

Hours of Operation (referred to in the planning practice guidance)

  • 7 am and 9pm Monday – Saturday
  • No working on Sundays or public holidays etc

Safeguards

  1. Noise, dust and emission nuisance enforcement powers remain unchanged
  2. We will continually monitor the situation and reserve the right to revert to the original hours of work
  3. If government makes further announcements, we will update our approach accordingly.

Reminder on best practice

  • In all cases, sympathetic site management should be demonstrated.
  • Consideration should be given to undertaking quieter activities outside of usual building hours and restricting heavy vehicle movements including deliveries within the usual building hours.
  • Be considerate of local residents, many are either working from home or confined to their homes during Covid-19
  • Notify residents and any businesses likely to be affected before causing disruption (in writing).
  • Notify the council of any planned, significant disruption so we are aware and can respond accordingly

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