Coronavirus: Planning

The Planning and Local Land Charges department are currently working off site. The preferred method of contact is via email at

The Council has issued more information on those businesses which must close. For businesses that wish to amend their service so that they can continue to trade, for example a restaurant may wish to offer takeaway or food delivery, they will need to email planning to let us know their intentions and ensure that they comply with their premises licence conditions.

Other ESBC services affected by Coronavirus

More information about planning applications, decisions and how to comment on a planning application

How to apply for planning permission including the process and the costs involved.

Take a look at the local plan and the documents that support it and view the various Neighbourhood Plans in the borough.

The Council offers a pre-application advice service. Whilst it's not compulsory, it is advisable, as it can resolve issues prior to submitting a planning application.

Find out more about tree preservation orders, removing a tree within a conservation area and if you have a dispute regarding a high hedge.