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Getting planning advice

Many queries can actually be quickly resolved without writing in. To find out when a planning application is required, check out Do I need planning permission?

There is a national plain English guide to the planning system

Duty planner

Each weekday between 0930 and 1200 we will have a planner available to answer queries on a first come first served basis. Our offices are closed to the public. This service is for short telephone conversations (01539 724555) or brief email replies only and not in person. Generally telephone conversations will be more effective.

There will be no duty planner available on Friday 15 December 2023

Detailed advice for significant schemes

Find out more about our chargeable detailed written advice offer for suitable significant schemes.