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Planning & Building Standards - Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

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Planning & Building Standards - Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

Update, 29 April

Temporary changes to the planning legislation came into force on Friday 24 April.  This has introduced changes for public consultation for major planning applications.  Read the Scottish Government Guidance

If you are hoping to submit a major planning application during this year, please read the above guidance and contact eplanning@north-ayrshire.gov.uk 

Decision making on delegated planning applications is continuing as normal although there are no confirmed dates for our Planning Committee at present. 

We regret to advise that it is not possible to undertake site inspections at present. Officers may ask for photographs in order to assist their assessment of a case. 

If you wish to report a planning enforcement issue, please email eplanning@north-ayrshire.gov.uk  

Update, 16 April

All Planning Services staff continue to work from home and decisions on delegated applications are continuing as normal. The neighbour notification issue we were experiencing has now been resolved. All postal addresses – including households and non-domestic premises – that are located within 20 metres of a planning application site will be sent a letter from us in line with the normal statutory requirements.

Please note that plans and documents can only be viewed online at this time as our offices continue to be closed. We would also request that any comments you have on a planning application are sent to us using our eplanning system. To view plans, or to comment online, see our eplanning page.

The Scottish Government has made several changes to the statutory regulations which will come into effect on 24 April. This will affect the:

  • pre-application consultation process for major planning applications
  • Local Review Body procedures 
  • EIA Environmental Reports

The changes will be in force for the duration of the Coronavirus emergency period and during the six months afterwards. You can read about the changes to Town and Country Planning by the government.

Remember, if you have a current planning application in the system, you can also contact the case officer by email, or by phone using the number supplied to you when the application was registered. The officer will then call you back with an update.

Officers will not be undertaking site visits at the moment, and may ask you to send in photographs to assist in their assessment. 

Finally, we would encourage all applicants and agents to use eplanning to submit applications to us whenever possible. Most of our agents already use this service and this avoids the delays caused by submitting paper applications. Using eplanning ensures we can process your application as efficiently as possible. For further details, view our information on making a planning application.

Contact

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch via eplanning@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

Update, 30 March

All staff at NAC Planning Services are working from home, including our managers, officers, technicians and clerical support. Whilst the majority of our systems can be operated remotely, we are currently unable to send out neighbour notification letters, since these need to be printed out and posted.  As such, applications we receive during the next few weeks will be registered as soon as possible, with neighbour notification deferred until week 3 or week 4 of the planning process, depending on the prevailing circumstances at the time.

In addition, the Council’s system of committees has been suspended until further notice.  However, delegated decisions on most local applications continue to be taken, with 17 decisions made and issued during the past week.

Public events for major applications are currently unable to be held and we are awaiting guidance from the Scottish Government  on this issue, as well as a range of other matters.

If you have a current planning application in the system, you can also contact the case officer by email, or by phone using the number supplied to you when the application was registered.  The officer will then call you back with an update.

Officers will not be undertaking site visits at the moment, and may ask you to send in photographs to assist in their assessment. 

If there is anything else we can assist you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via eplanning@north-ayrshire.gov.uk 

Update, 20 March

Takeaway service

The Scottish Government’s Chief Planner has asked local authorities to relax the enforcement of public houses and restaurants offering a takeaway service during the current outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

This would allow pubs and restaurants to provide take-away services on temporary basis during the COVID-19 outbreak.

North Ayrshire Council can confirm it is happy to support this move.

For more information, please email eplanning@north-ayrshire.gov.uk or call 01294 310000.