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Covid - 19 and Planning Application Site Visits

As part of the assessment of your planning application it will be necessary for the Planning Case Officer to visit your application site.

In order to comply with Government requirements on social distancing, if officers require access to the grounds of a home or business before visiting the site, the Case Officer will contact you. 

They will:

  • Tell you approximately what time they intend to visit
  • Make sure that they can access the site without going inside your property. (If they cannot do this the visit will need to be postponed until restrictions are lifted further)
  • Explain that they will not be knocking on the door to announce their arrival, entering inside the property or engaging in any discussions
  • Ask you to leave any gates etc. open so that they can access the site without touching any handles etc. (Again if this cannot be done the visit will need to be postponed)
  • Confirm that nobody at the property has COVID-19 or is self isolating (If they are the visit will again need to be postponed.)

If you see the Case Officer on site please do not engage them in discussion and observe the 2m social distancing rules at all times. If social distancing is not observed the Case Officer may need to terminate the site visit.  At the site visit stage it is usually too early in the process in any event for the case officer to give any indication of the likely decision. If you wish to discuss your application with the Case Officer then please contact them by telephone or email.

You can help us by making sure that you provide us with your contact telephone number. If you are the agent for an application please pass this information onto the applicant and provide us with the applicants telephone number.

By following the above social distancing requirements you can help to keep our Officers, yourselves and other customers safe and help to avoid any delays in dealing with your application.