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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, site notices will be sent to applicants to display (with instructions) and will not be displayed by officers.

Site visits

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

All planning committee meetings have been cancelled until further notice, however alternative arrangements for virtual planning committees are currently being explored and an update will be provided once further details are available.

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.

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