The Planning web pages comprise the following sections:

1. The Planning Application Process

2. Online Planning Services 

3. Planning Information

4. Reporting unauthorised works - Enforcement

5. Planning Policy

6. Planning - Contact Us

7. Customer Service Charters & Performance

                                 PLANNING NEWS AND PRESS RELEASES

Planning Guidance released:
The Government have revised and updated national planning practice guidance to support the National Policy Framework and to make it more accessible to all. In addition, the Council have also provided updated guidance on the planning system via the Frequently Asked Questions document.
Planning Practice Guidance   /   Frequently Asked Questions (September 2013)

Pre Application Fee Change:

Please be advised that from 1 September 2013 fees for pre-application advice within the Development Management Section have been increased.
Pre Application Fees (2013)  /  Pre Application Stage

Permitted Development Changes:

Householders: On 30 May 2013 the Government introduced new legislation introducing a new notification and prior approval process for single storey rear extensions to dwellinghouses. Essentially this allows a 3m – 6m deep rear extension on an attached house or a 4m – 8m deep rear extension on a detached house, subject to certain criteria. Developers must notify the Local Planning Authority of their intentions through a prior approval process.

For more information on the process please view the following link:
Permitted Development Changes (30 May 2013)

Commercial: The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (as amended) was also amended to allow for greater flexibility under permitted development for the change of use of commercial premises, subject to a notification procedure with the local planning authority. 
Permitted Development Changes (30 May 2013)

Quick Links

Link to Planning Online. Opens in new window        Link to Planning Application Forms and Fees

Introduction to Development Management

The Development Management section deals with the day to day determination of applications for planning permission (householder, advert consent, outline, approval of details and listed building etc) and assesses applications against national and local policies and guidance.

What the Service is about

The planning system provides a framework to monitor and determine how land is used, what is built and where it is built within our District.

The service provided both protects the established high quality environment whilst understanding the benefits of new development.

What you can find here

The planning section of the Council’s website provides access to the application process and requirements as well as guidance, policy information, enforcement procedure and contact information.

Our planning section includes Development Management, Planning Policy, Conservation, Projects and Compliance (often referred to as enforcement).  When offering advice and determining planning applications, we may involve several other sections of the Council including Land Charges, Trees and Landscape, Environmental Health and Legal Services. In addition, the Council consults external agencies including Herts Highways, local Wildlife Trusts and the Environment Agency amongst others.

The Development Management section is committed to providing the best service to all our customers and residents. We are constantly reviewing the service we offer and strive to make improvements.

Three Rivers District Council Latest Planning News
(e.g. Recent changes to Planning Legislation; Recent Agents Forum)