Reduced Services

Accessing Council Services:  

You can now access services, get advice and support, and transact with us in the following ways:

  • By accessing our wide range of 24/7 online services
  • By emailing directly to the relevant service
  • By phoning First Contact on 01268 882200 (8.45am to 5.15pm Mon to Thurs, and to 4.45pm on Fri). 
  • By pre-booked appointment at the Kiln Road office (9.00am to 4.00pm Mon to Fri) - these can be arranged by phoning First Contact on 01268 882200.

New Local Plan

At a meeting of the Council on the 15th June 2022, the following motion was agreed:

The Local Plan examination has now been completed and the Local Plan has not been adopted. We call on the Council to withdraw the local plan immediately and start work on a new Local Plan that reflects the central government stated aim to protect and preserve the precious green belt in our local area. A priority of this new Local Plan would be to produce a target housing number that genuinely reflects local need. As this housing target will be lower than previous proposals this must be supported by robust evidence. All housing developments should prioritize brownfield development. We hope that in the interests of our borough this motion is supported on a cross party basis.

Notice is therefore given pursuant to Section 22 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, and Regulation 27 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, that the New Local Plan 2018 -2033 has been Withdrawn.

In accordance with the requirements of Regulation 27, all documents related to the withdrawn Local Plan have been removed from this webpage. The Council will review the evidence base documents, and will re-publish those documents that remain relevant in due course.

A programme for the preparation of a new Local Plan will be agreed by the Council in due course.