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Planning

Pre-Application Advice & Guidance

  1. Pre Application Advice
  2. Speak to a Planning Officer
  3. Planning History Search
  4. Permitted Development Rights Check

 

Before submitting an application for planning permission, you should familiarise yourself with the Local Planning Authority’s Core Strategy and Supplementary Planning Documents, available here.
 

1. Pre Application Advice

The Local Planning Authority provides a pre-application advice service which is specifically designed to get a Planning Officer’s professional view on the prospect of obtaining planning permission. Comments made at pre-application stage are for general guidance only and are made without prejudice to the determination of any future planning application.

Full details of the pre-application advice service including: the process, fees, information required to complete the form and FAQs can be found in the Pre Application Advice supporting document available below.

Before submitting a Pre-Application please read the Pre Application Advice Charging Scheme and Post Application Service

Submit a Pre-Application

 

2. Speak to a Planning Officer

You can speak to the Corporate Support Team (on 01706 217777 Option 4) Monday to Friday 9-5pm for all general planning queries and to make payments. The Council's website provides most of the information you should require however, should you need to speak to a Planning Officer about a general planning enquiry they are available at the following times:

Hours Available

(excluding Bank Holidays)

Contact by Phone

Visit in Person

Monday (09:00-12:00)

You can speak to the Duty Planning Officer by calling 01706 217 777 and choosing option 4

You can visit the Council Offices at

the One Stop Shop, Futures Park, Newchurch Road, Bacup, OL13 0BB.

Friday (09:00-12:00)

*Please note that from the week commencing 12 August 2019, the duty service will operate on Mondays and Fridays only*

Please note, the Duty Planning Officer can not give advice about the acceptability of a proposal as in such cases the Council’s Pre-application Service should be utilised.  

Alternatively, you can send planning queries by email to [email protected]

 

3. Planning History Search

The Planning Department can undertake a planning history search relating to a property or piece of land.  If you would like to use this service please put your request in writing to [email protected] and supply a full address or a location plan marking the boundary of the land in red.  The search will provide you with a list of planning application reference numbers, a summary of the proposal, and a summary of the decision.  This service incurs a fee of £72 (including VAT).  Payment can be made:

  • Over the phone (01706 217777 option 4) by debit or credit card; or
  • By cheque - Payable to Rossendale Borough Council – please quote ‘Planning History Search’ on back of cheque; or
  • Via on-line banking:
    • A/C Name: Rossendale Borough Council
    • Sort Code: 01-07-29
    • A/C Number: 25503391
    • Please quote: Planning History Search

 

4. Permitted Development Rights Check

If you want to establish whether a property has the benefit of permitted development rights, or are concerned that they may have been withdrawn either when planning permission was granted for the property, or as part of a subsequent planning permission, the Planning Department can undertake this search for you.  If you would like to use this service please put your request in writing to [email protected] and supply a full address or a location plan marking the boundary of the land in red.  The search will provide you with a written response.  This service incurs a fee of £72 (including VAT).  Payment can be made:

  • Over the phone (01706 217777 option 4) by debit or credit card; or
  • By cheque - Payable to Rossendale Borough Council – please quote ‘Planning PD Rights Check’ on back of cheque; or
  • Via on-line banking:
    • A/C Name: Rossendale Borough Council
    • Sort Code: 01-07-29
    • A/C Number: 25503391
    • Please quote: Permitted Development Rights Check