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Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some temporary changes to our planning processes. Please read the latest position statement here.

All planning applications are now consulted on for a minimum of six weeks to give you longer to hear about them.

Residents who are not online can find details of planning applications advertised on street, close to the properties they relate to, with information on how they can have their say. We are also notifying residents associations and conservation area groups of new applications so they can help to tell people in their areas.

We are currently running virtual planning committee meetings. Requests for public deputations are now needed in advance, in writing, before publication of the agenda. They must specifically relate to an agenda item. Requests for deputations can be submitted online on our webpage, emailed to planning.reps@portsmouthcc.gov.uk, the application planning case officer and/or democratic@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

On publication of the officer’s report (in the agenda) the applicant and anyone registered to make a deputation will be invited to submit a written further representation if they want to. This must be 800 words maximum and submitted by 12pm, two working days before the meeting, to give the applicant time to respond.

Planning applications

We are now processing and registering applications, and consulting on new planning applications. The process is the same, with some changes to the way we will be consulting with local communities on planning applications.

The service is making use of available digital technology while planning staff are working from home. Application decisions may be delayed due to restrictions that limit us from carrying out site inspections and meetings, as well as technical assessments or process amendments to proposals. For updates on individual applications please visit the Public Access website or contact the designated case officer on each application by phone or email.

All activities carried out by the service during the coronavirus outbreak will adhere to the government’s requirements and guidance on social distancing, public health and wellbeing, in order to help maintain the health of our staff and those in our community.

The council has adopted Standing Orders for ‘virtual’ planning committee meetings in terms of councillor involvement and voting, officer presentations, public viewing and public ‘speaking’ via written representations. Due to technical restrictions, deputations to the Committee are now required in writing in advance of the meeting. This will be kept under review as circumstances change

The virtual planning committee will only deal with major planning applications during the period of the coronavirus outbreak unless a ‘call in’ requests of other applications is agreed by the chair of the planning committee in consultation with senior planning managers. However, it is expected that this will be extremely rare during this period.

You can view our position statement on consulting and engaging on planning applications here.

Planning enforcement services

Planning enforcement services are being focussed on only those most urgent cases where irreparable damage to Preserved Trees or designated Heritage Assets (Listed Buildings) is being caused, or similar where similar urgency that requires an immediate response is necessary. Other investigation requests may be deferred at this current time.

Planning policy services

Planning policy services including any queries regarding the Local Plan can be contacted by email at planningpolicy@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.