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Development Management Agents Forum 12 June 2012

Development Management hosted a biennial Planning Agents Forum on Tuesday 12 June 2012. Agents who regularly submit planning applications to the District Council attended, in addition to representatives from different organisations such as the Environment Agency, Planning Portal and Herts Biological Records Centre. The event gave the department the opportunity to pass on key information to agents and update them on changes within the department. Agents also had the opportunity to express their views and opinions on the Council’s Planning Service in order that the quality of the services we deliver can be improved.

The half day event was well attended and included presentations, open discussions and seminars covering a number of current planning topics such as the Local Development Framework, climate change and sustainability. The following are the presentations that were delivered on the day.

Welcome, Introduction and the Future


Biodiversity and Planning Applications

C-Plan: A collaborative approach to implementing local sustainability planning policies

Date: 28 September 2012

Validation Checklist

Three Rivers has an adopted Validation Checklist, currently available on the planning pages of the Council's website.

It is proposed to update this document. Essentially the main proposed changes are as follows:

  • References to PPG/Ss deleted and references to NPPF / Core Strategy adoption added
  • Affordable Housing commuted sum payments added
  • For non Planning Portal applications, number of copies of plans required reduced from original + 3 to 2
  • Statement added that 2 hard copies of all plans and documents are required for major applications
  • Statement added that the Council will request Listed Building Consent / Conservation Areas Consent applications to be held in abeyance if accompanied by an invalid full application, to ensure scheme can be assessed comprehensively
  • Statement added about C-Plan and building conversions – a C-Plan Sustainability Checklist is still required for conversions.
  • The threshold for Transport Statements is to be lowered from 50 to 10 dwellings
  • The threshold for open space and Herts County Council contributions is to be lowered from 5 dwellings to a net gain of 1 dwelling.

This consultation closed on Friday 21 September 2012.
Date: 24 July 2012

Pre Application Fees

As approved by the Council's Executive Committee on 2 April 2012, Three Rivers District Council will be increasing the fees for pre application requests (planning) on 1 May 2012. The increased fees may be found on our website – go to the Pre Application Stage section for further information, together with a pre application request form and additional guidance regarding what to submit.
Date: 3 April 2012

Pre Application Fees

Please be aware that, subject to approval by the Council's Executive Committee, Three Rivers District Council will be increasing the fees for pre-application requests on 1 May 2012. The increased fees may be found at Pre Application Stage together with a pre-application request form and additional guidance regarding what to submit.
Date: 21 March 2012

Recent changes to planning guidance and procedures

Consultation on Local Validation Checklist for Planning Applications

In accordance with national guidance published by the Department for Communities and Local Government, there is a requirement for Local Planning Authorities to create and adopt a list of local requirements for the validation of planning applications. This should ensure that the Local Planning Authority only requests information that is relevant, necessary and material to the determination of applications.

Three Rivers District Council has created a combined list of requirements for the validation of planning applications, which will encompass national requirements that include the application form, the correct fee, ownership certificates and other specific details as well as local validation requirements.

This document is the subject of consultation prior to it being formally adopted by the Council. The Deadline for comments: Friday 17 June 2011. We aim to formally adopt and publish shortly.

Introduction of charging for pre application advice in Development Management

On the 4 April 2011 the Council introduced charges for pre-application advice in the Development Management section in accordance with Section 93 of the Local Government Act 2003. Further information regarding the fees and process is available on this website.

Whilst there is no legal requirement for Local Planning Authorities to undertake pre-application discussions it is widely accepted that offering pre- application advice is good practice. It allows the early identification of key issues and contributes towards both quality outcomes and the avoidance of delays in the formal submission process.

A pre-application service is already offered by the Development Management section. To date the pre application service offered by Development Management has been free despite the considerable amount of time Officers spend on responding to requests for advice. In order to help the Council recover the cost of this service, charges were introduced on April 4 2011.

The Duty Planning Service will remain as a free service to provide general planning advice for householders in the Council’s reception and on the telephone, but please note that this will be for small scale developments only. This service will continue to operate between 10am and 1pm Monday to Friday. No appointment is necessary but enquiries are limited to a maximum of 15 minutes. No site visits or written responses will be available from this service.

More information is available in the Pre Application Stage section.

Older News:

The Planning system has been changed/updated by the Government since 2008 through a number of measures. Fees were increased, permitted development rights for householders were changed and the appeals system was streamlined.

Forms and fees

New forms and fees have been introduced for:

  • People who wish to extend the time limit of a planning application that has not been implemented.
  • People who wish to apply for minor non- material amendments to a planning permission that has been granted.
  • Forms and fees – for further information and a link to the application forms.

What you can do without planning permission

New rules have been introduced in respect of the types of development that a householder can carry out without requiring planning permission.

These changes are intended to make it easier to improve a home by relaxing planning controls on smaller extensions. There are also new controls relating to hard surfaces such as driveways. These aim to reduce water run-off which contributes to flooding. 

Development Management Agents' Forum 27th May 2010

Development Management Agents' Forum 27th May 2010The following are the notes and presentations which were delivered during the Forum.


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