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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Planning

Please note that this update may be subject to further additional review in light of changing legislation or due to departmental capacity.

Update 6th May 2020

Powys County Council has invoked business continuity plans for services to concentrate on social care activities and critical business activities. The action was authorised by the council's strategic group which means that non-critical activity will be stepped down to support social care and critical frontline services in response to the Coronavirus outbreak (Covid-19).

In light of the above and due to the government's recent measures to control the spread of Covid-19 we are no longer able to receive any paper applications or hard copy post. Anything received in hard copy format from the 20th March 2020 will not be dealt with until normal duties resume. We are, however, able to receive applications and correspondence electronically.

Please note that:

  • Planning applications (received electronically) will be validated, and we can consult specialist consultees Applications will continue to be determined but only where we are able to complete the necessary requirements.
  • Enforcement complaints will be registered but we are currently unable to complete site visits (unless deemed essential council business/critical) and will therefore be put on hold once registered.
  • Pre-planning application advice submitted electronically will be processed as normal but we are unable at this time to offer a site or office meeting. Instead we can offer a telephone/skype meeting directly with a Planning Officer should you wish this service (+£30 in addition to the standard pre-planning application charges).

We ask that you therefore please continue to submit anything electronically where possible:

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, the publicity of new planning applications received has also been affected although temporary measures have been introduced by Development Management to facilitate the processing of applications wherever possible. Recently received Welsh Government guidance concerning the display of site notices, neighbour notification letters and site visits is currently under review by Development Management and will actioned appropriately going forward.

All valid planning applications however are published on the Council's website and can be viewed via the following link - https://pa.powys.gov.uk/online-applications/?lang=EN

By clicking on 'search', there is the option to undertake both a simple and advanced search together with the option to review the Council's weekly/monthly list of applications received. The advanced search option provides an opportunity to identify applications by type, applicant, agent or those received within a particular Ward or Parish/Community Council area.

Should you experience any difficulty or have any questions relating to the public access portal, please do not hesitate to contact planning.services@powys.gov.uk for assistance.

 

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