The councils continue to receive and process all planning applications.
From week commencing 11 May we will reinstate full public consultation and engagement on all valid applications. This will enable us in the fullness of time, to continue to determine applications including those received since the shutdown was introduced on 23 March.
We will undertake site visits where it is deemed to be necessary and safe to do so.
The building control staff (Lewes district) are undertaking site visits on all live cases where it is safe to do so. For updates on building control visits in Eastbourne, please visit the East Sussex Building Control Partnership website.
All current enforcement cases are being processed. Any new cases will be triaged and site visits undertaken where it is deemed necessary and safe to do so.
Planning Committee & Public Engagement
Following Government advice and the powers issued under the Covid legislation, the Council are undertaking Virtual Planning Committees. This has resulted in some changes to our former processes/practices, see below:
Please see revised Public speaking guidelines.
The temporary suspension of public meetings at County Hall
Provision of paper document on request
Additional consultation methods such as virtual exhibitions and telephone conferencing.
Consultation on Planning Policy documents
The Statement of Community Involvement sets out how the Council will involve the public when Planning Policy documents are prepared. We made some temporary changes to the Statement of Community Involvement.
We made one temporarily change to the Basic Consultation Methods:
- When the Council is legally obliged to close its offices as part of measures to retain social distance people with limited access to internet can request a paper copy of the planning document. Where possible, this copy will be supplied free of charge.
To the Additional Consultation Methods we will include temporarily the following two methods:
- Virtual exhibitions – This is an online exhibition with the option for the public to ask questions and to comment on the proposed planning matters.
- Telephone conferencing – When the consultation takes place in a period of social distancing special effort will be made to reach out for people with limited access to internet. They can contact planning officers to bring forward their questions or comments in telephone conferences on specific topics. The possibility of this option will be published in the local media, posters or leaflets.