Public Access allows you to view details of planning and Building Regulation applications and planning appeals received since 1 April 1974.
Public Access allows you to:
- submit comments about a current planning application. (The page will time out after 50 minutes so please draft your comments first and paste them in if they are long)
- save searches or track the progress of applications and planning appeals and be notified by email of changes or updates
- see weekly or monthly lists of applications received or decisions made
- view planning documents for valid applications after 1 Jan 2009 which can now be filtered and sorted
Guidance on how to get the most from Public Access is available from the
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If you are searching by application number, ignore any letters and use only the numbers
Lawful development certificates for existing or proposed development
Lawful development certificates for existing or proposed development in pursuant of Sections 191 and 192 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 are determined based on a legal test and a matter of fact. For that reason these types of application are not subject to consultation. If the local planning authority is satisfied that the appropriate legal tests have been met it will grant a lawful development certificate.
The Lawful Development certificate is a legal document stating the lawfulness of the past, present or future building use, operations, or other matters. If granted by the Local Planning Authority, the certificate means that enforcement action cannot be taken against the development referred to in the certificate.
However, the certificate will not protect from enforcement action by the planning authority if the specified use is then changed ‘materially’ without a planning application for it.
The certificate is not a planning permission. The planning merits of the use, operation or activity in the application are not relevant. The issue of a certificate depends entirely on factual evidence about the history and planning status of a building or other land and the interpretation of any relevant planning law or judicial authority. The responsibility is on the applicant to provide evidence to support the application.
The only information therefore that is shown on our Public Access website is that prescribed by Regulations relating to a precise description of the application and a copy of the decision notice.
Public Access is continually updated however we cannot be held legally responsible for any inaccuracies or omissions on the site that result in loss or inconvenience. We also cannot be held legally responsible for representations from anyone commenting on planning applications which may contain libellous or defamatory statements.
Objections or supporting comments on applications must be rational, impersonal and directed principally to the planning issues raised by the proposal.
Comments of a personal, slanderous, libellous, defamatory, or otherwise offensive or abusive nature are not constructive or helpful to the process of determining a planning application and may result in an action for libel.
Plans, maps, drawings and other material submitted to the Councils or Department are protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (section 47).
You may only use material which is downloaded and/or printed for consultation purposes, to compare current applications with previous schemes and to check whether developments have been completed in accordance with approved plans. Further copies must not be made without the prior permission of the copyright owner.