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Ongoing Covid and New Working Arrangements

Worcester City Council Development Management team have been, and continue to take appropriate precautions during the ongoing Covid pandemic and reflecting the changed working environment to deliver the best possible service. As national restrictions have eased, the Team are working from home and in the office in a hybrid arrangement, this includes administrative functions as well as Officer caseloads.

In the current circumstances Planning Committee takes place in a hybrid format and meetings are available to watch online. We encourage everyone to take appropriate safeguards if attending the Committee in person. Arrangements may be made to present objections, support or other comments  virtually and Committee Services will support this on an individual basis. National legislation currently requires Councillors on the Committee to be in person when making decisions. Officers may also be present in person to support the Committee. 

Appropriate precautions will be taken when carrying out site visits and as such where appropriate we will be asking that applicants send in photographs of the site where necessary to understand elements of the proposals. This will supplement our own site visits. Interested parties and neighbours can also submit photographs in support of their comments to an application if this is of assistance. We ask the photographs submitted be clearly labelled or identifiable and relevant to the application under consideration. 

We will use this information along with other methods to understand the site. However if this is not possible or suitable, or if the officer cannot gain a reasonable understanding of the proposal. 

Therefore, in order to be able to deliver the bester service that we can in this situation we ask the following;

  • Submit applications and enquiries and correspondence by email as the building in which we work remains closed to the public and some delays will be inevitable.
  • Telephone contact is possible to Officers on their contact numbers, if unavailable please leave a message and it will be returned as soon as possible.
  • If staff are ill or have high caseloads, applications may be re-assigned during the course of the application, if there are significant delays then an agreed extension of time to the application may be sought.
  • Please ensure that you have supplied the contact details of the applicant including the email address, this is so that photographs of the site can be requested and/or the site notice can be sent directly to them to display with an explanatory letter.

We sincerely thank you for accommodating these matters as we try our utmost to continue to deliver this service.

Applications submitted to the Council, in the majority of cases, require the submission of an application form, a fee and supporting documents (such as plans and statements). This section aims to provide useful advice on ensuring your application is valid on submission. If you are unsure if you need planning permission or would like pre-planning advice before making a formal application please visit here.
 
The City Council actively encourages the use of the Planning Portal for online submission of Planning Applications, we currently receive 65% of all applications online and are seeking to increase this further.
 
The Planning Portal registration is easy, the benefits include;
  • Immediate delivery and acknowledgement
  • Savings on postage and printing costs
  • Online help function when completing applications
  • Online record of your completed applications
  • Online payment

For the above reasons we recommend you make your application via the Planning Portal

Please note: Applications will not be registered until all the necessary supporting information such as plans and drawings and the appropriate fee is received, we therefore recommend you review the guidance on fees and submission requirements

There is also a service charge for submitting online planning applications that attract a planning fee. Application fees are to be paid to the Planning Portal by using the payment options that are presented to you as part of the application process and before the application is submitted to the local authority. From 1 August 2019:

  • Planning applications with a fee below £60 will not incur the service charge.
  • The service charge will be £20.83 (+VAT) for all other planning applications.

Application Forms

We recommend that you submit your application online via the Planning Portal, however, we appreciate that in certain circumstances this may not be appropriate, in this instance, you will need to download the appropriate application form.

Developers/applicants and agents should be aware that Worcester City Council adopted its Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule and associated documents on Tuesday 16 May.  CIL will be implemented on 4 September 2017 and that CIL charges will apply for all qualifying development. It is important to note that CIL will apply to applications that are determined on or after 4 September 2017, including those which are currently live.  This means that all planning applications will need to be accompanied by an Additional Information for CIL form that is available from The Planning PortalFind further information relating to CIL.

Application Fees

Every application must be accompanied by the correct fee.

The Government sets the Planning Application Fees that apply across the country. As of 17 January 2018 planning application fees increase by 20%, as set by the national Government. The fees support improvements to the planning service.

New fees will also be introduced for Permission in Principle applications and for applications for planning permission following the removal of permitted development rights through Article 4 directions or by condition.

Payments can be made using: the planning portal, contacting the Customer Services on 01905 722233, or sending a cheque to: The Guildhall, High Street, Worcester, WR1 2EY

For further information on a wider range of planning fees, please use the following links

Application Submission Requirements

It is necessary for the correct information to be submitted for a planning application go be registered. From July 2013, the National Government has required Local Authorities to set out a Validation Checklist for new applications. The pdf City Council's Validation Checklist (499 KB)  is a useful document as it sets out what is required for different application types and provides links to relevant policy and guidance.

The scope of submission application varies on a variety of matters including the scale of the proposal, the application type and the individual site constraints (e.g. sites in conservation areas or high flood risk), for guidance, the City Council has set out the following basic checklists for certain types of minor development;

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