Photograph of some housing estate plans

We now have responsibility for delivering planning functions within the Council area.

As part of local government reform, Planning which was previously delivered through the Department of the Environment Planning Office (DOE), transferred to local Councils on 1 April 2015.

Make a Planning Application

In this section you can:

Our new powers include:

  • Developing a local plan which will set out what the council area should look like and how land should be used and developed
  • Making decisions on the majority of planning applications 
  • Investigating alleged breaches of planning control and determining what enforcement action should be taken 
  • Protecting and preserving the built heritage of the borough 

The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) will retain responsibility for deciding regionally significant and called-in applications.

It will also set regional planning policy and legislation, provide oversight and guidance, and monitor the performance of councils, providing support where needed. 

Planning officers from the DfI have transferred to councils and are now council employees.

General enquiries about planning procedures or progress on initiatives should be addressed to:

Planning Office
Silverwood Business Park
190 Raceview Road
BT42 4HZ

T: 028 2563 3500