Town and parish council planning

This section is designed to help Town and Parish Councils with issues regarding planning.

We hope that the information helps you in your role as a town or parish councillor and answers some of your most frequently asked questions.

Planning news

See our News Page for the latest information.  This includes any changes to regulations or fees for both Planning and Building Control.

We will include updates to the planning system, forthcoming training events and our service in the bi-monthly Vale News publication.  Also see the downloads section for recent presentations.

Neighbourhood planning

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) produced an Introduction to Neighbourhood planning (click the link below):

We provide guidance notes for developing neighbourhood plans.

Planning applications 

Major planning applications

In connection with significant major developments, we will send, in addition to your consultation notification, a  separate letter requesting your views on potential S106 contributions to be secured by the district council.  We will need justified and costed proposals that have community support.  There are legal tests that we must comply with,  that are set out in the letter.

We are developing a protocol to involve you, recognised local bodies, the developer, ward councillors, the planning committee and officers in a structured meeting at the pre-application stage or during the processing of the application. 

Permitted development

In October 2008 and May 2013,  the Government introduced a range of measures to reduce the need for planning applications including some householder development.  See our page on permitted development or the document in our downloads section for more information.

For additional information on permitted development rights which came into effect on 30 May 2013 relating to changes of use, please refer to the document in our downloads section or the Planning Portal Planning Portal This link will take you to an external website... .  

Planning enforcement

We have a register of planning investigations, which you can search by either parish area or directly if you have a reference.  

Is there anything missing or if you have any suggestions, please email

Last reviewed: 05 - 04 - 2018

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