Planning Committee meetings are usually held on the first Wednesday of every month at the Council offices, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely. Planning Committee is a public meeting.
The Planning Committee agenda is published on the Friday before the meeting and you can also see the working file during that period. Details of meeting dates and agendas, where available, can be found on this website. A copy of the agenda is also available at main reception and public libraries.
Planning Committee usually deals with those planning applications not already approved by officers in accordace with their delegated powers, plus some other items, e.g. enforcement action.
District Councillors on the Planning Committee must consider each planning application on its merits, taking account of current legislation and planning policies. You may wish to check with the case officer to see whether the application in which you are interested is to be considered by the Planning Committee.
If you have made a written representation about a planning application that is going to Committee, your written comments will be summarised within the agenda papers and considered by the Committee. As the meetings are open to the public you may attend the meeting just to see what happens. The Council also operates a public speaking process.
Relevant Ward Councillors are consulted on all planning applications within their Ward and are allowed to make comments on them. Parish/Town Councils are consulted on all planning applications and their comments are considered as a representative of each local community.
The relevant issues will vary with the nature of the proposal and site, but may include the following:
Irrelevant issues will vary from case to case but the following may be considered irrelevant:
It is possible for members of the public to speak at Planning Committee. For more information about how to arrange this, please view our Speaking at Planning Committee information, which will give you details about what you need to do to register.
You can also download our leaflet using the link below, which explains about speaking at Planning Committee.
Statements are documents that explain the design thinking behind a planning application. For example, they should show that the person applying for permission (the applicant) has thought carefully about how everyone, including disabled people, older people and very young children, will be able to use the places they want to build. Statements should include a written description and justification of the planning application. Sometimes photos, maps and drawings may be needed to further illustrate the points made.
They will be available alongside the application for anyone to see, so should avoid jargon or overly technical language. It is important that they are written specifically for the application they accompany. They need not be very long, but the amount of detail they contain should reflect how complex the application is. So, a statement for a major development is likely to be much longer than one for a single building.
For further information on statements relating to the Historic Environment please visit our Conservation pages.
General guidance is contained in the downloadble documents listed at the bottom of this page. Alternatively the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment have produced a booklet entitled Design and access statements, how to write, read and use them.
If you do not wish to use the Planning Portal to submit your application to us electronically, then you can download and print the relevant application forms below. You will also need to download and complete the relevant validation checklist to accompany your planning application.
You need to supply two copies of everything, including the application form, all drawings and associated supporting documents.
PLEASE NOTE: New planning fees came into force for applications received on or after 22/11/2012.
The current planning application fees can be downloaded here.
For Developer Contributions and Section 106 Obligations please see Supplementary Planning Document.
As part of the application form you will be asked to complete the relevant Certificate of Ownership. Some certificates require notices to be served and/or a press advert; wording for such notices can be viewed via the planning portal (known as Notice 1 or Notice 2), please see relevant application form guidance notes for further details.
1. Householder application for planning permission for works or extension to a dwelling
2. Householder application for planning permission for works or extension to a dwelling and conservation area consent
3. Householder application for planning permission for works or extension to dwelling and listed building consent for alterations, extension or demolition of a listed building
4. Application for planning permission
7. Application for planning permission and conservation area consent for demolition in a conservation area
8. Application for planning permission and listed building consent for alterations, extension or demolition of a listed building
9. Application for planning permission and consent to display an advertisement(s)
5. Application for outline planning permission with some matters reserved
6. Application for outline planning permission with all matters reserved
23. Application for approval of reserved matters following outline approval
24. Application for removal or variation of a condition following grant of planning permission
25. Application for approval of details reserved by condition
10. Application for conservation area consent for demolition in a conservation area
11. Application for listed building consent for alterations, extension or demolition of a listed building
26. Application for tree works - works to trees subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) and/or notification of proposed works to trees in conservation areas
12. Application for consent to display an advertisement(s)
14. Application for Lawful Development Certificate for an existing use or operation or activity including those in breach of a planning condition
15. Application for a Lawful Development Certificate for a proposed use or development
16. Application for prior notification of agricultural or forestry development - proposed building
17. Application for prior notification of agricultural or forestry development - proposed road
18. Application for prior notification of agricultural or forestry development - excavation/waste material
19. Application for prior notification of agricultural or forestry development - proposed fish tank (cage)
20. Application form for prior notification of proposed development by telecommunications code system operators
21. Application for hedgerow removal notice
22.Application for prior notification of proposed demolition
27. Application for a new planning permission to replace an extant planning permission, in order to extend the time limit for implementation.
Application for replacement of associated listed building and/or conservation area consents in order to extend the time limit for implementation.
28. Application for non-material amendment following a grant of planning permission.
There are a number of issues to consider before an answer can be given.
Some minor alterations and extensions, particularly to houses, can often be carried out without the need for planning permission. If you live in a house (but not a flatted property), you can make certain types of minor changes to your home without needing to apply for planning permission. These rights are called "Permitted Development Rights" (PD Rights).
In certain circumstances your property may have its ‘PD Rights’ removed. This could be by any of the following:
The Planning Portal’s ‘Interactive House’ is a useful tool, which explains some of the legislation, and is available on their website: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/house
We have created a checklist to make it easier for you to establish if you need planning permission.
If you are in doubt about any restriction on your house, you should contact the Planning Department for clarification. If there is a restrictive Covenant on your house/estate, this would be separate issue from any planning aspects. You should seek your own legal advice on such Covenants.
When your development project is one that cannot be carried out under PD rights, our Development Management Team actively encourages pre-application discussions, as this is often helpful in ensuring that your application is dealt with as smoothly as possible when formally submitted. It should also enable any potential planning issues to be identified so that you can address them in your application. A charge is made for this advice, payable in advance. Please visit our Pre Application pages for further details.
Even if a planning application is not required, but you would like confirmation that this is the case, you can apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Development. This does need a fee, but it may be helpful if you subsequently wish to sell your house, and the buyer needs assurances that any works to the dwelling will not be subject to enforcement action.
It is your responsibility for seeking, or not seeking, planning permission. If it is required, planning permission should be granted before any work begins.
Whether you require planning permission or not, you may still require Building Regulations approval. Go to our Building Control pages to find out more.
If you require further information please contact us via our Customer Services Team. Details of our opening times can be found on our contact page.
You can submit a planning application to the Council online using Central Government's Planning Portal. If you choose to use this method, then you do not need to download the Council's forms as everything you require is available on the Planning Portal website. The Planning Portal allows you to:
If you do not wish to use the Planning Portal to submit your application to the Council electronically, then you can download and print the relevant application forms. You will also need to download and complete the relevant validation checklist to accompany your planning application. If you use this method, you will also need to supply 3 copies of everything (or 10 copies for a major application), including the application form, all drawings and associated supporting documents.
Please note that the Council can no longer supply Ordnance Survey maps to accompany planning applications. Maps can be purchased online from the Ordnance Survey mapping website, Planning application maps website or the Planning Portal website when submitting an application. Maps can also be purchased from the following retail outlet in Cambridge:
Once your application is ready for submission, please post or deliver it to:
Development Control Service
East Cambridgeshire District Council
If you would like to talk to someone about submitting a planning application, please contact us using one of the methods available on our Customer Services Contact Page (will open in a new window).
Once your application has been received and validated, it will be assigned to a planning officer who will deal with your application. If you have an agent acting on your behalf, any correspondence about your application will be with them direct.
Decisions can be delegated, that is, taken by senior professionally qualified officers within Development Services, or by the Planning Committee comprising 13 District Councillors (which normally meets on the first Wednesday of each month). Currently the Council determines approximately 80% of all applications using delegated powers.
The Council strives to make a decision within 8 weeks or 13 weeks for major applications. Consultations normally take up to 28 days from the registration of your application. You may find it useful to contact your case officer about 4 weeks into your application to check progress. Alternatively you can find out the key dates relating to your application by:
A formal decision notice will be sent to you or your agent, or you if you are not using an agent within a few days of the decision being made. This notice will include the date of the decision and any conditions relating to the consent. You should check the conditions of your consent carefully, as there are often further details (such as samples) of materials that need to be submitted to the Council and agreed in writing before development can lawfully commence.
If conditions have been applied you may need to provide further information to the Council. There is a fee for submitting such information - £28 for householder applications (eg. an extension) and £97 for all other applications (eg. a new house). This fee applies each time information is submitted; you may therefore wish to provide all the information needed in one go, to avoid having to pay the fee more than once.
Failure to comply with conditions can result in formal action against you and may also invalidate your planning permission.
A formal decision notice will be sent to you or your agent within a few days of the decision being made. This notice will include the reason(s) for your application being refused.
Applicant’s have a right of appeal (Go to appeal section of this site), however, there is no right of appeal for third parties such as neighbours.
You are recommended to contact the case officer to discuss whether or not revised proposals may be acceptable prior to considering an appeal.
Planning permissions are valid for a specified time from the date of the decision, depending on the type of application and/or conditions that may apply. If an application is not commenced before the expiry date, then the planning permission lapses any further development on the site would need to be the subject of a new application.
Visitors to the Council's website can now view planning applications online using the "Public Access" Internet Service. This service allows you to:
The information is constantly updated and includes a weekly list facility of live, and decided, applications. Hopefully, Public Access is user friendly, but we have produced a guide to help you through the steps:
Please note that any information provided by individuals submitting planning applications and/or providing comments on planning applications, will be published on the Councils website.
Plans, drawings and materials submitted to the Council are protected by Copyright (Section 47, 1988 Act). You may only use material which is downloaded and/or printed, for consultation purposes, to compare current application with previous schemes, or to check whether development has been completed in accordance with approved plans. Further copies must not be made without prior permission of the Copyright Owner.
Please take a look at our user guide to help you make the best use of Public Access.
Under normal circumstances the plans and documents associated with new planning applications will be able to be viewed within 5 working days of receipt of the application. If none are displayed at the time you look, you may wish to try a few days later or if you do not have access to a computer at home, you are able to use the public computers at the Council Offices during normal office hours. Alternatively, an appointment can be made to view the working file by contacting the Support Team on 01353 665555 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org and give 48 hours notice of which file you wish to view, including the planning reference number.
Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of property data. However, if you find a problem relating to a property address, please email our ICT support staff with the relevant details and they will look into the matter for you.
The following links offer useful information:
You can also download our own guidance notes and leaflets using the links below:
You are advised to engage in preliminary discussion before submitting a planning application.
As of the 1 July 2010 we have formalised the overall process to include an application form together with appropriately scaled charges.
Pre application enquiries are not intended to deal with Permitted Development (PD) queries. You can refer to the Planning Portal Interactive House in the first instance. If you require written confirmation of PD rights you should apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness of proposed use. You can complete Form 15 from the application form page or alternatively you can apply online via the Planning Portal.
The purpose of any advice should be to guide an applicant through the issues and policies, indicating how they (the applicant) should approach each issue, and whether or not they are likely to be successful. The limitation on this is that officers cannot always forsee matters that may arise through the course of a planning application, or if the final decision is made by the Planning Committee. However, it should be noted that the majority of applications are determined by officers under delegated powers.