Frequently Asked Questions: Planning
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Q: Can we go straight to the Council with our hedge problem?
Q: My hedge dispute has been running for years. Am I expected to go through all this again?
Q: Who owns a parcel of land?
Q: Who is responsible for the boundary of my property?
Q: How quickly will my planning application be determined?
Q: Who will be consulted when I submit a planning application?
Q: Who will make the decision on my application?
Q: What happens if I make a comment on or objection to a planning application?
If you write to the Council about a planning application, your letter will be considered by the relevant Case Officer in making their recommendation for that application. It's receipt will only be acknowledged if you request so in your letter, and you also need to make a similar request if you wish to be notified of the outcome of that application. Your letter will become a public document. It can be seen by the applicant and other members of the public.
Most applications are initially scheduled to be determined by the Head of Development Control under powers delegated to them by the Council. The application may be reported to the Council's Planning and Development Board, following the receipt of a written representation, if the views expressed in the representation do not coincide with the case officer's recommendation. The Board meets every month. Please note that an application is not automatically refused if an objection is received.
To comment on, support or object to a planning application, please search for the application first by using the Planning Application Search, then you can click on the 'Comment on Application' button if the application has not yet been determined.
Q: On what grounds may I comment on or object to an application?
Q: I think that a building should be listed. What should I do?
Q: Does planning permission override everything else?
Q: What is outline planning permission?
Q: What will the Council expect us to have done to sort out our hedge dispute between ourselves?
Q: What sorts of hedge complaint can the Council look at?
Q: The hedge has got some gaps in it that allow light through. Does this mean that I can’t complain to the Council about it?
Q: Can I complain to the Council about individual trees?
Q: Does the hedge have to be on the boundary line or in next door’s garden?
Q: What’s a semi-evergreen tree or shrub?
Q: What sort of hedge related problems can I complain about?
Q: I’m worried that the hedge will cause subsidence in my home. Can I complain about this?
Q: Do I have to pay the Council to consider my hedge complaint? If so, how much?
Q: Will I get my money back if the Council uphold my hedge complaint?
Q: Can the Council help me get my costs back from my neighbours?
Q: What if I cannot afford to pay the fee to complain about my neighbour's hedge?
Q: How do I make a complaint about my neighbour's hedge?
Q: What will the Council do with my hedge complaint?
Q: This appears overly complicated. Surely all it needs is for the Council to go and get evidence to show the hedge is a nuisance and then order the offender to cut it down?
Q: How long will I have to wait for the Council to decide my hedge complaint?
Q: If the Council uphold my complaint, will the hedge have to be removed? That would solve the problem once and for all.
Q: What is there to make sure my neighbour keeps the hedge at its new height? Do I have to complain again, and pay a fee?
Q: Does the Council’s remedial notice allow me to cut my neighbour’s hedge if I think they’re dragging their heels?
Q: What happens if my neighbour doesn’t cut the hedge when they’re meant to?
Q: Is there anything I can do if I don’t like the Council’s decision about my hedge complaint?
Q: How do I find out about Tree Preservation Orders?
Q: Can I appeal if against a grant of planning permission?
Q: Is my property in Green Belt?
Q: Is my property at risk of flooding?
Q: Is my property a Listed Building?
Q: Is my property within a Conservation Area?