Search planning applications and decisions

The council is currently moving to digital application processes with a goal to improve the time taken to validate and process new applications.  There may be initial delays of up to 3 weeks and your patience would be very much appreciated during this period.

You can search and comment on current planning applications by using the planning application database.

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We maintain statutory records of planning applications and decisions, some of which date back 50 years.

Details of planning applications dating from 1990 (older in some cases) can be accessed above. Supporting documents are available online for planning applications decided after May 2000.

Existing or lawful uses

We don't maintain a record of existing or lawful uses. If you are searching for existing or lawful uses, you will need to:

You can read more information about changes of use here.

Access to historic records (pre 2000)

Most of our physical records are stored offsite so we are unable to provide a 'walk in' service. To view historic applications prior arrangement will be required.

Please email setting out details of which applications or property you require providing as much information as possible.

Services Timescale Charges

Decision notices:

Copies can be provided by email

2 - 3 Days £16.50 each

Case files:

Access to view at City Hall

5 - 10 days Copying charges may apply


Detailed investigation of records / high volumes

On Request £74 per hour


Upon completion of your request we will confirm the amount due. We'll supply you with a unique reference number and the information you need to make a payment online.

Structural plans

Please contact to view structural plans or for copies of building regulations consents or completion certificates.

Further information

  • the database only displays details of current valid planning applications - details of invalid applications won't be published until further information is provided by the applicant
  • for security reasons the system will time-out after 20 minutes. If you have lengthy comments, we recommend drafting them in a word document and then copying and pasting the text into the comments section
  • search results are limited to 200 results and in some cases you will need to refine your search criteria
  • documents are published online for the purpose of inspection in connection with planning applications and in accordance with the council fulfilling its statutory obligations. Use of any copy documents may be restricted by law and the council may not be entitled to give, and does not give permission for use of these copies for any purpose
  • the information contained in the current database is updated on a daily basis

Planning Aid England (PAE) provides free, independent and professional advice on town and country planning issues to community groups and individuals. They believe everyone should have the opportunity to get involved planning their local area, and provide people with the knowledge and tools to do this. 


Last updated: 11 November 2015
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