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Planning and building control
Planning applications
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Planning applications are handled by the council’s Development Control section. This page and associated links set out general guidance on the submission and handling of planning and other associated applications. Applications are dealt with as part of the democratic process with full public participation and consultation and are considered by the council in the light of:

Planning permission is generally required for the carrying out of any form of development which includes the change of use of land and buildings. Internal and external alterations to Listed Buildings also require consent as in many instances does the display of advertisements and the carrying out of works to trees that are protected by Tree Preservation Orders. Within conservation areas consent is normally required to demolish buildings and the council must be notified before works are carried out to any tree.

Viewing planning applications online

All planning applications that have been received since January 2006 are now available to view online.

Making planning applications

The St Edmundsbury standard planning application forms have a number of advantages for planning applicants and agents:

  • The same forms are by every local authority avoiding confusion about what is required:
  • when you need two planning consents at the same time (for example planning permission and listed building consent), you will only have to complete one form: and
  • an online forms service is available, including help to make sure you submit the correct form.

We encourage you to submit applications online to help speed up the process and save on printing costs, however the new 1APP application forms can be downloaded and sent by post to the Planning Department, West Suffolk House, Western Way, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3YU.Copies of the forms will be available online , or you can request paper copies of the forms from the Planning Helpdesk 01284 757675.

For further information and details Design and Access Statements:

Useful information for planning applications:

For further information or assistance please email or phone 01284 757675.

Copying charges - for all copying charges of documents see: Charging guidelines (PDF 16Kb)

Discharging conditions

If a condition on a planning approval requires the submission of materials, a Material sample form (PDF 28Kb) must be completed. For more information see: Example of a completed Material Sample form (PDF 108Kb).

In accordance with Regulation 11D of the Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications)(Amendment)(England) Regulations 2008, from 2 June 2008, the Borough Council will be charging for any request seeking the discharge of conditions which are attached to planning permissions. The fee chargeable will be £97 per request (or £28 where the planning permission is for extending or altering a dwelling house or other development within the curtilage of a dwelling house). The fee must be paid when the request is made. Any number of conditions may be included on a single request which can either be made in writing with the number of the permission and the condition(s) being clearly identified, or the request can be submitted on the standard 1 APP form. Cheques should be made payable to St Edmundsbury Borough Council. Further information relating to requests for the confirmation of compliance with planning conditions can be found in the Department for Communities and Local Government Circular 04/2008 (paragraph 123-131).

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