We have made changes to how we work and continue to develop new ways of working to allow us to deliver our services to our customers as best we can at this time. We recognise that doing our best to continue to process your applications and issue decisions is important to helping the economy recover.
On this page you can find out about current arrangements for the following:
To help minimise risk to our staff and the public, we have put in place the following measures:
- We continue to carry out all work in association with the receipt, validation, processing, assessment and decision-making for planning applications as well as pre-application enquiries.
- Our office is now closed to the public and our Contact Centre is no longer dealing with planning calls.
Please contact us via email@example.com.
- Any meetings will be conducted by telephone or skype video call
- Communication will be through telephone, skype video call, email or formal letter
You can continue to use the eplanning portal to submit your application. Please note that at this time we are unable to accept paper applications or written communications as we are unable to scan these to the case file.
You can also continue to view and comment on applications via our online planning system. Representations can be made online, please do not post these in to us. Please direct all other communications to firstname.lastname@example.org
We have currently suspended site visits. However, your case officer will work with you to work through alternative ways of obtaining the information that we need to deal with your application. It is helpful to provide photographs of the site and surrounding area so that applications can continue to be assessed and determined.
Legislation for major planning applications requires applicants to submit a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) outlining pre-application public engagement proposals. In light of current restrictions on public gatherings, we don't recommend public events. Applicants and agents should explore alternative way to engage and receive feedback from the community in the meantime. We will provide an update as soon as any formal announcements are made in relation to this requirement but we are happy to discuss potential options in the meantime.
Under the provisions of The Coronovirus (Scotland) Act 2020, Fife Council as Planning Authority is suspending the requirement to post site notices in relation to applications for Listed Building Consent and other applications in Conservation Areas; required under Regulation 8 of the Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Area Consent Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2015 until further notice. This provision will be reviewed and subject to changes in legislation and/or advice from the Scottish Government.
In compliance with the provisions of Paragraph 9, Schedule 6 of The Coronovirus (Scotland) Act 2020; Fife Council as Planning Authority considers that the posting of site notices on or near properties subject to relevant applications would give rise to circumstances or events likely to, or increase the chances of, a significant risk of transmission of Coronovirus; and in addition in the current circumstances the posting of site notices is considered to be a process which is ineffective or inappropriate due to the actions taken in order to control the incidence or transmission of Coronovirus; both being circumstances as stated in Paragraph 9 (2) of Schedule 6 of The Coronovirus (Scotland) Act 2020 where it would be appropriate to put in place alternative measures to ensure the appropriate publicity related to such applications submitted in accordance with the above noted Planning legislation.
As a result of the current restrictions on normal work and travel activities it is considered that providing the web address (TellMeScotland) where all site notices can be accessed on the Council website and as part of our regular newspaper publicity for applications received, provides a robust and effective alternative to posting individual site notices on specific premises.
Whilst alternative arrangements for posting site notices are being made, the current Covid restrictions mean the Council is unable to guarantee that notices will be displayed on every relevant application site. All site notices are published at www.tellmescotland.gov.uk/notices
Complaints about a breach of planning control
We will continue to handle enforcement complaints. Given the current situation we will only visit sites for urgent cases. Further guidance on our enforcement processes can be found in our Enforcement Charter In light of this, we ask you to provide as much information as possible when reporting breaches of planning control.
Local Development Plan
We continue to work on the Proposed Local Development Plan.You can contact us about the Local Development by email at email@example.com
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We will publish additional advice and guidance on this page.
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