Introduction to Development ControlLast updated: 12 February 2013 11:46 UK
Whilst the saved policies in the Portsmouth City Local Plan remain relevant to determining planning applications and other consents regarding the development and use of land, the Portsmouth Plan has recently been approved for development control purposes. The Portsmouth Plan forms part of the Local Development Framework and is designed to:
- set out a vision and objectives for the development of Portsmouth up to 2027
- identify broad locations for development, protection or change and allocate strategic sites
- set clear policies that guide decisions on planning applications
- indicate how the plan will be implemented and
- show how progress will be monitored
Most, but not all, development will require planning permission. Decisions need to find the right balanace between competing interests and this can sometimes be a complex balance. This process forms a vital part of our commitment to protecting and improving the environment.
Some small scale development does not require planning permission. As a result, please contact us before you submit an application so that we can advise you whether it is necessary to do so or not.
How to contact us
- for general enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- for pre-application enquiries please email email@example.com. Please complete and send us this form to help us decide whether you need to apply for planning permission.
- for policy enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- to submit representations on a planning application please email email@example.com
- Or you can call us on 023 9283 4334 or fax us on 023 9283 4660.
Alternatively, if you would like to come in and see us, regarding any of the above, please go to the City Helpdesk at the ground floor of the Civic Offices in Guildhall Square where a member of staff will be happy to help you. Translation services can be arranged if you need them. We are open from 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Thursday and 8:30am to 4:00pm on Friday.
You can also access the Planning Portal for:
- help and guidance about whether planning permission is needed
- downloading application forms
- submitting online applications
More information about making planning applicationsWhat is Planning Permission
Types of Planning Application
How to make a planning application
How we deal with your application
View or comment on planning applications