We are doing our very best to continue with ‘business as usual’ at this time. However, we also have to consider guidance from the government, so we have decided that we will not be holding any non-essential meetings for the time being.

For agents and applicants, the best way to contact us about specific applications is to email or phone your case officer direct and copy in planning@northdevon.gov.uk.

When making an application please make sure you have checked what information is required our Local List web pages.

General enquiries should be sent to planning@northdevon.gov.uk. Our Planning Support Team will make every effort to respond as quickly as possible but you may find that there are delays over the coming weeks.

Viewing planning applications, documents and making representations – this can be done through our online planning service.

There are no plans at present, to cancel or defer Planning Committee meetings but should this decision be taken then the website will be updated.

To report a breach of planning, all enquiries should be sent to enforcement@northdevon.gov.uk and our enforcement team will respond as soon as possible. Please see the website for further information on our planning enforcement service.

Changes to construction site working hours to enable social distancing working practices.

On 13 May the government announced that some constructions sites can start work again. Before work can start, as the local planning authority for North Devon, we need a written request from the developers setting out the reference number of the application and the condition they want to vary. 

We are expected to be supportive of reasonable requests to change working hours. We should accept proposals and only reject them where are very strong reasons for its rejection or unreasonable impacts would be caused if it is accepted. These reasons could include the significant impact on neighbouring businesses or uses, such as care homes which are particularly sensitive to noise, dust or vibration which cannot be overcome through other mitigation or where impacts on densely populated areas would be unreasonable. 

Once a request is received our Planning Team will make a decision within 10 working days where possible.

Requests to vary a condition should be sent to planning@northdevon.gov.uk

Full details about the announcement and the process involved with changing working hours can be found on the government coronavirus (COVID - 19): construction update Q&A.

Planning Committee meetings

Information about how we are holding the meetings during the coronavirus outbreak can be found in our Planning Committee Protocol for virtual meetings.

Planning Services

Information about all our planning services is available in the planning section of this website.