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What is ‘Planning’?

Planning is about the management of competing uses for space in our towns and in the countryside and making places that are valued and have identity.

Rochford District Council is the Local Planning Authority for the area, meaning that it is responsible for considering planning applications for new development in the District, for taking appropriate action where planning permission has not been granted for a project, and for setting the policy framework against which planning applications are judged.

Planning Advice Planning Questions and Answers
Planning Advice leaflets  

Planning Research Service

The Council’s planning team provide a research service of our planning records. Written advice will be provided regarding the planning history of sites or interpretations of the permissions and conditions. The fee is £66 inc VAT which would cover the cost of the vast majority of requests, the more complicated enquires will incur an additional fee of £66 inc VAT per hour.

Read more about planning research service Research enquiry form

Planning Applications

Planning Portal logo. The planning applications team deals with planning applications and planning appeals, and provides advice and guidance on development proposals.

Pre-application advice is offered on your development proposals, to take advantage of this service you are required to submit a pre – application submission as explained on this link below:

Read more about pre-application advice

A Duty Planning Officer is available to provide brief advice and answer generic questions about planning procedures and processes which the Customer Service Team are unable to answer

A Duty Planning Officer will be available at the following times:

Monday       08.30 – 13.00
Tuesday      08.30 – 13.00
Wednesday Not available
Thursday     08.30 – 13.00
Friday         13.00 – 17.00

At all times a member of Customer Service Team may be able to assist you with your planning enquiry, to achieve a quicker response.

Outside of these hours a member of Customer Service Team may be able to assist you with your planning enquiry including directing you to information held on our website.

Please note that applications for the development of facilities for waste or minerals are dealt with by Essex County Council, but if you are not sure whether your proposal falls into one of these categories, we can advise.

Information on Planning Applications Planning application fees
Information on Commenting on Planning Applications Information on Making Planning Applications
Information on Planning Appeal Information Information on Viewing Planning Applications
Information on Application Forms and Checklists Planning Research Service

Fast Track Validation Service

This is a pre-application checking service. A fast tracking service aimed at avoiding delays to the development process. It can only be used where planning permission is required. It is not a service to check if permission is needed in the first place. Instead it speeds up the validation of planning applications. The checking service aims to provide a response in two working days after the day we receive your application.

More information on fast track validation  

Do I need Planning Permission?

All the information you need for both household and business work is available on the Planning Portal - the government's online planning and building control resource. Visit the following pages on the Planning Portal website to find out more:

Information for householders Information for business owners
Find out if you require planning permission Planning guide for business
Use the interactive house for a quick guide About the planning system
Satellite dishes and antennae Common types of planning application
Find out more about the application process Extending or altering existing premises
Making your home more energy efficient How to make a planning application

Pre-Application Advice

Rochford District Council is committed to providing an efficient and effective planning service, which meets government performance targets. We recognise the value of pre-application discussions and consider this to be an important aspect of the planning process. Some large and more complex planning applications would most appropriately be dealt with through a Planning Performance Agreement.

Read more about pre-application advice Apply for pre-application advice:
Planning Research Service  

Planning Performance Agreement

Some large and more complex planning applications would most appropriately be dealt with through a Planning Performance Agreement.

Read more about Planning Performance Agreements PPA charter
PPA fees  

Major Residential Planning Applications

Stambridge Mills planning application Re-submission Planning Application – Land North of London Road
Star Lane Brickworks planning application Land between Windermere Avenue, Lower Road and off Malyons Lane, Hullbridge – outline planning application 14/00813/OUT
Site of Bullwood Hall planning application (15/00379/OUT) Land North of London Road and South of Rawreth Lane and West of Rawreth Industrial Estate – Outline Planning Application

Planning Enforcement

An image of two planning officers looking at a set of plans. The Planning Enforcement team investigates and takes action against any building works or activities that do not have planning permission. The intention is to ensure that building works or activities which damage the appearance and character of the district and/or impact adversely on the lives of our residents are controlled, as well as ensuring that development schemes are implemented as intended in the planning consent.

Enforcement Policy (PDF 88kb) Complete Guide to the Planning Enforcement Service (PDF 380kb)
Information on Enforcement Registers

Planning Policy

An image of some rolled up plans. The Planning Policy Team prepares the policies and guidance which planning applications are assessed against.

The team have prepared a number of planning policy documents which form part of the development plan for the District, including the Core Strategy, Allocations Plan and Development Management Plan.

Information on local planning policy documents Information on evidence base (background) documents
Information on national planning policy Department for Communities and Local Government
Planning Inspectorate Planning Portal

Building Control

An image of a house being constructed. Once planning permission has been granted, this team works to ensure that the safety, health and welfare of the public is maintained when the new buildings are constructed. The team also deals with dangerous structures.

Information on Building Control Building Control Frequently Asked Questions
Information on Useful Building Control Links