Cost of living support
Colchester Borough Council is providing support for residents facing the cost of living crisis.
It focuses on the impact your building project has to other people and other areas outside of the site.
For example, its visual impact, impact upon neighbouring properties and access.
Planning permission decides whether a certain building project takes place, controlling the right to build on land and protecting other people.
All our decisions are made based on The Local Plan. This is the strategy for the future development of the local area.
The following are just a few of the areas that we look at when considering an application:
When planning a project is it important that you know what kind of works require planning permission and what you can do under permitted development guidelines.
Being granted Building Control approval is different to being granted planning permission.
The regulations in Building Control set standards for the design and construction of a building to ensure the safety and health of the people using it. Planning guides the way that our towns, cities and countryside develop.
Any easy way to remember the difference is that Building Control relates to the inside of a building, and Planning relates to the outside and how it fits into the surrounding area.
There are a numbers of factors that could relate to your property and it's location that could affect your application for building works and whether it can be granted or not, such as Conservation Areas, Tree Preservation Orders and Restricted Development Rights.