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Where you see this symbol FAQ you can submit a question and we will add the answer to our pool of Frequently Asked Questions for the benefit of other users. Whilst using the website if you come across a term or word you do not understand, then you can submit it to our glossary and we will provide an explanation, which again will help other users. We try to use plain language where possible and your feedback will help. Thank you.

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Do I need planning permission for stables?

The answer is probably yes but the best thing would be to contact the planning department and discuss the exact details of your particular case. You can contact them  at or by telephoning 0845 054 8600.

What is a biomass plantation?

This is an area that is planted with trees - often Willow or crops that will later be used as fuel.

According to Wikipedia "As a renewable energy source, biomass can either be used directly via combustion to produce heat, or indirectly after converting it to various forms of biofuel. Conversion of biomass to biofuel can be achieved by different methods which are broadly classified into: thermal, chemical, and biochemical methods.

How do I complain about a development?

You can report any breach of planning control by contacting the Council Planning Enforcement Officer, David Wright, on 01946 598424 or by email at

To help us to investigate your complaint, the following information is useful:

  • Where is the location of the breach?
  • What is the nature of the breach?
  • When did you first notice the breach?
  • Who is responsible for the breach?
  • Do you have any evidence?


The identity of any person reporting a suspected breach of planning control will be treated as confidential unless the complainant advises us otherwise. Please note that the alleged offender might still correctly assume who the complainant is and we may also request that you provide evidence at any subsequent prosecution.

Where can I get advice on planning?

Our planning page can signpost you to different areas of advice and guidance on planning issues.

Where can I get planning application forms?

You can find all forms relating to planning issues here. These can be found under our planning section.

How do I submit a planning application?

We have plenty of advice and guidance on submitting a planning application on the website. However, before you do so, we do offer a pre-planning advice service which we recommend that you use.

Can I view plans online?

Unfortunately not at the moment. However, we are looking to introduce this facility very shortly as we recognise that this is something that will be a big help to customers.

How much does it cost for a planning application?

The most common current application fees are

  • Householder development £172
  • Single dwelling £385
  • Change of use £385
  • Advertisement consent £110
  • Discharge of conditions £28 (householder) and £97 (non-householder)
  • Non-material amendments £28 (householder) and £192 (non-householder)

View the scale of fees for all types of planning applications

You can calculate your fee here using the planning portal fee calculator.

If you are unsure what fee applies to a planning application then you can contact us at or telephone 01946 59421

Do I need planning permission?

Planning permission is not always a quick yes or no answer. However, we have plenty of advice and guidance on all aspects of planning. This webpage gives you an overview of most situations and explains what to do.

How do I object to a planning application?

We have a page of information which explains exactly how to find and comment on planning applications.