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Planning basics

 

What's the point of planning?

 

The planning system (otherwise known as Development Management) is meant to strike a balance between the need for new development and the rights of residents who might be affected by it. It does so by granting or refusing planning permission. We base our decisions on national and local law and policy, professional advice from specialists like the Environment Agency and the comments of local residents and their elected councillors.
 

When do I need to get planning permission?

 
Before you start work on any development, that development must have planning permission. Development is:
 

 

"the carrying out of building, engineering, mining or other operations, in, on, over or under land, or the making of any material change in the use of a building or other land."

 

(Town & Country Planning Act 1990: Part III Section 55)

 

 
Development is not:
 
  • works to maintain, repair or improve an existing building; (with the exception of listed buildings);
  • the use of a residential building (such as a garage) for a different residential purpose (such as a home gym); or
  • the use of any land for agriculture.

 

Work that is not development may still require other consents, such as Building Regulations approval. Please contact the relevant department or agency for advice.  

 

Who grants planning permission?Basics

 
Your local council grants planning permission. In Staffordshire, there are three levels of council: parish, district and county. 
 
South Staffordshire Council is a district council. We deal with:
 
  • new buildings, extensions and alterations which affect the appearance of a building;
  • changes of use of land or buildings;
  • sub-division of a house into two or more flats
  • the formation of a new access onto a public highway, including a pedestrian access; and
  • special consents for work on listed buildings.

 

If you are planning to do any of these things, you need to talk to us.

 

Staffordshire County Council deals with things that need wider co-ordination, like:

 

  • highways and byways;
  • mining or minerals extraction;
  • education;
  • engineering works such as tipping;
  • excavations and earthworks; and
  • recycling and other waste disposal.

 

We do not have the power to make decisions on these matters, although we do tell the county council what we think of each proposal.

 

We consult the parish councils (Wombourne Parish Council or Codsall Parish Council, for example) on every application for planning permission in their parish. They give us valuable local knowledge and help to summarise residents' views.

 

On the next page, we will find out when a planning application is necessary. 

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Contact

 
Planning Enquiries

Telephone: (01902) 696000

Fax:(01902) 696403

Email: dcapps@sstaffs.gov.uk

 

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