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What is planning permission?

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The focus of the development management section is the granting of planning permission where these meet the requirements of the Local Plan and national planning guidelines. Planning permission is asking if you can do a certain piece of building work, be this an extension to your house or a new superstore for a major developer. It will be granted, subject to certain conditions or refused.

Certain types of work are covered by what’s called 'permitted development'. This means that they can be carried out without planning permission, as long as they comply with the permitted development rules and restrictions. There are however situations where your permitted development rights may have been modified or removed. This can be the case on some of the larger scale housing developments. If you are unsure if your permitted develoment rights have been removed you can contact your local Planning office to check if you need planning permission.

Parliament has given the main responsibility for planning to local planning authorities. Therefore, if you have any queries about a particular case, the first thing to do is to contact your local planning office. You may also be able to find out more about planning law in your local library, or via the Planning Portal.

You apply to us for planning permission. Planning applications are decided in line with the development plan unless there are very good reasons not to do so. There are many issues that the Planning Officers will need to consider when reviewing your application. With particular reference to householder applications this may include some of the following:

  • size, layout, siting and external appearance of buildings and extensions
  • the effect of your proposals on any neighbouring properties
  • proposed means of access, landscaping and impact on the neighbourhood
  • proposed use of the development.

It is not necessary to make the application yourself. If you wish, you can appoint an agent (for instance, an architect, a surveyor, or a builder) to make it for you.

Anyone can make an application, irrespective of who owns the land or buildings concerned. However, if you are not the owner, or if you have only part-ownership, you have to inform the owner or those who share ownership, including any leaseholder whose lease still has seven or more years to run, and any agricultural tenant.

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Multiple Contacts:
eMail: developmentmanagementnorth@wiltshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 456 0114
Out of hours: 0300 456100
Fax:
Postal Address:

Development Management
Wiltshire Council
Monkton Park
Chippenham
SN15 1ER


In Person:

Development Management
Wiltshire Council
Monkton Park
Chippenham
Wiltshire
SN15 1ER

Please note you will need to make an appointment before coming to the office using the above email or telephone number.

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Contact Details (LiveLink)

Multiple Contacts:
eMail: developmentmanagementsouth@wiltshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 456 0114
Out of hours: 0300 456100
Fax:
Postal Address:

Wiltshire Council
PO Box 2281
Salisbury
SP2 2HX


In Person:

Development Management
Wiltshire Council
Bourne Hill
Salisbury
Wiltshire
SP1 3UZ

Please note you will need to make an appointment before coming to the office using the above email or telephone number.

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Multiple Contacts:
eMail: developmentmanagementeast@wiltshire.gov.uk
Telephone:

0300 456 0114


Out of hours: 0300 456100
Fax:
Postal Address:

Development Management
Wiltshire Council
County Hall
Bythesea Road
Trowbridge
Wiltshire
BA14 8JN


In Person:

Development Management
Wiltshire Council
County Hall
Bythesea Road
Trowbridge
Wiltshire
BA14 8JN

Please note you will need to make an appointment before coming to the office using the above email or telephone number.

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Contact Details (LiveLink)

Multiple Contacts:
eMail: developmentmanagementwest@wiltshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 456 0114
Out of hours: 0300 456100
Fax:
Postal Address: Development Management
Wiltshire Council
County Hall
Bythesea Road
Trowbridge
Wiltshire
BA14 8JN
In Person:

Development Management
Wiltshire Council
County Hall
Bythesea Road
Trowbridge
Wiltshire
BA14 8JN

Please note you will need to make an appointment before coming to the office using the above email or telephone number.

DX:

Last updated: 6 January 2016

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