The Building Control Department deals with a range of services, these include:
Processing and approving plans deposited under the Building Regulations, including site visits to check these are adhered to;
Street naming and numbering; and
Safety at Sports Grounds.
We are separate from the Development Control (Planning) process but we work very closely with them.
The Development Control (Planning) department deals with the processing and determination of a wide range of applications some of which include:
- Planning Permission
- Listed building consent
- Advertisement consent
- Works to trees
- Lawful Development Certificates
- Changes of use, etc.
A pre-application advisory service is also available.
The Planning Policy Section prepares the planning policy, through consultation with local communities, which sets the broad framework for acceptable development in the Borough.
These policies give residents, businesses and developers an indication of what type and scale of development is appropriate and are used to determine planning applications.