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If you would like to comment on a planning application, you can do it in the following ways:

Comment online using our website: 

To submit comments on an application, please search for the planning application using the Find planning applications page. 

Comments can be submitted up until the Consultation Expiry date (which is a minimum of three weeks), using the 'comment on this application link' on the application details page.  If the application is not open to comment on using this link, you can still submit your comments via email to developmentmanagement@wiltshire.gov.uk up until the target date for decision, however we cannot guarantee that any late comments will be accepted. Please include the planning application reference number and your postal address as we cannot consider comments that are anonymous or that do not include your address – More information on submitting your comments

Comment by email: 

You can send your email to developmentmanagement@wiltshire.gov.uk 

By post:

Please send your comments to any of the three main council buildings: 

Wiltshire Council, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 8JN

Monkton Park offices, Monkton Hill, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 1ER 

Bourne Hill, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 3UZ

If you comment on a planning application, details will be published on our website under the terms of the Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985. Representations and comments published are the views of the consultees and members of the public who make them and not the views of the council. We make all decisions on the application in line with established procedures and after careful scrutiny.

Please make sure that you only provide information, including your personal information, you are happy for other people to view. If you supply other people's personal information, please make sure that you have their permission. We do not edit consultation responses unless there is a very special case to do so that is considered to be in the public interest.

Comments should not be of a discriminatory, defamatory or libellous nature. Any comments received like this will not be considered - More information on submitting your comments

If you have a problem or you require further advice please contact the team on 0300 456 0114

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If you want to build an extension to your property or do other work to your home, or if you want to expand your business or change the use of your premises, you may need to apply for planning permission. Some minor alterations and extensions, particularly to houses, can often be carried out without the need for planning permission. This is known as permitted development.

Planning Portal has interactive guides to help you establish if planning permission is required and/or building regulation approval.

If you would like an officer's informal decision on whether planning permission of listed building consent will be required, complete the 'do I need planning permission form' which can be found in the downloads section and submit along with the fee stated on the form. A response should be expected within 15 days.

More information on do I need planning permission

Permitted development rights

In some cases your permitted development rights may have been removed. This could be due to the fact that your property is listed, in a conservation area, or that the rights for a particular housing area have been removed, so if you’re not sure always check with the local planning office. They will be able to confirm whether these rights have been removed from your property – More information on Permitted development rights.

Dropped kerb

Please note that all enquiries relating to dropped kerb applications are answered by the vehicle access team. Information about the process can be found on the streets and screet care page.

If you need to find out if permission is required please call the vehicle access team on 01225 713352 or email vehicleaccess@wiltshire.co.uk who will send out an application pack


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We offer a pre-application advice service to anyone wanting help with a development before the submission of a planning application.

The aim of our pre-application service is to provide responsive, consistent and timely advice that de-risks the application process and reduces the time taken to deal with your application through the formal decision making stage

Pre-application advice will provide you with the following benefits: 

  • An understanding of how our policies will be applied to your proposal
  • Identify the need for specialist input at an early stage e.g. for listed buildings, transportation, trees, landscape, noise, health, ecology, contaminated land or archaeology
  • Assist in the preparation of proposals for formal submission, which, if you follow our advice, should be handled more quickly and be more likely to result in a positive outcome
  • Help to reduce the time that you or your professional advisors spend in working up the proposals
  • Identify those proposals that are completely unacceptable, so saving you the cost of pursuing a formal application

For more information on planning pre-application advice and pre-application advice charges please see the relevant pages.

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After receiving your application, the planning officer aims to make a decision within 8 weeks once the application is valid.  This may take longer dependant on the complexity and the application type.  Once the application has been registered, a letter of acknowledgement will be sent to the applicant/agent.  The consultee period is usually three weeks after registration and consultation letters will be sent at this time to invite comments/representations from parish councils, neighbours, highways agencies, environmental health, water authorities etc. Dependant on the type of development, the application may be advertised in the press.  Once the consultee responses have been received the officer will make a decision unless the application has been called-in by the parish council in which case the application may be taken to an area planning committee for discussion. Area committee meetings are usually held every three weeks and the decision will be made after the committee meeting based on the outcome.  If an application has been refused or approved with conditions, then a right to appeal against the decision can be made.  An application can be withdrawn at any stage of the process.

The process of the application can be found below.

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Downloads

Any works to a listed building which affects its special architectural and historic interest will require listed building consent from the planning authority - More information on Listed buildings

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If the tree is in a conservation area or has a Tree Preservation Order then consent will be required except in cases where the tree is dead or dangerous - More information on trees

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If you are submitting your application through the Planning Portal, it will give guidance with what needs submitted.  If you are using an application form from our website page, Planning application forms and fees, there are validation checklists that will assist with your application. More information on Planning application forms and fees.

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Most applications require a fee that is set by government, but there are some applications that do not require fees such as an application for a listed building, or works to trees in a conservation area.  When submitting your application through the Planning Portal, it will advise you of any fee required and payments can be made on-line using the payment system. The councils website also gives a list of application forms and a fee sheet stating fee requirements – More information on Planning application forms and fees.

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When an alleged breach is reported or suspected, the site will be inspected and relevant information will be sought to identify whether there is a breach. If a breach is identified, the person responsible will be informed of the issue and what action is required. Unless there is serious and immediate ongoing harm to the environment, highway safety or neighbours, the person responsible will be given an opportunity resolve the breach before commencement of formal action.

If you feel a breach has occurred and would like the enforcement team to investigate, please complete the e-form on our planning enforcement page – More information on planning enforcement

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Last updated: 16 June 2017 | Last reviewed: 16 June 2017