Gloucester is still open for business and we are aiming to progress all planning applications as far as possible in these stretching times
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, site notices will be sent to applicants to display (with instructions) and will not be displayed by officers.
We are now avoiding visiting sites unless absolutely necessary (for example for urgent enforcement matters) 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 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.
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.
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.
Construction working hours
In line with the written ministerial statement published on 13 May 2020, the Council will continue to balance the protection of residents’ amenities with the need to get the construction industry back on its feet. Additional working hours will allow construction companies to more easily comply with the current social distancing regulations.
We will do this in partnership with the development industry. Complete the form to tell us how you need to work to comply with social-distancing requirements and we will contact you. We will be working with the suggested times government has advised and we will require safeguards and that you work to best practice. Our approach will be case by case because we know that every construction site is different and there will be different levels of impact associated with each site.
Hours of Operation (referred to in the ministerial statement)
- 7 am and 9pm Monday – Saturday
- No working on Sundays or public holidays etc
- Noise, dust and emission nuisance enforcement powers remain unchanged
- We will continually monitor the situation and reserve the right to revert to the original hours of work
- 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