Details of new copying, scanning and open-file appointment charges with effect from 2 January 2018

The next Planning Committee meeting is on Tuesday 5 February and the schedule of planning applications will be published on the Council’s website www.ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk/planning on 23 January.

On 2nd January 2018 the Planning Department introduced new charges and amended fees for a number of the photocopying, scanning and file-viewing services it provides. Details are available to download BELOW.

Submitting a Pre-Application Discussion (PAD) document

Members of the public can also submit an enquiry relating to a future development proposal by e-mail or through the post using the template available at the link BELOW. Once received the Planning Service will aim to answer the query within 20 working days.

Charges for copying/scanning and open-file appointments

There are charges for photocopying and scanning requests totalling £1 or more. There is also a charge to view full planning applications in an open-file appointment. Information of a personal or sensitive nature which is held on a planning file will be processed by us according to our Planning Privacy Statement which is available to view in full within the "Privacy" section of  Planning's Council webpages.

A detailed list of all new charges is available to download through the link BELOW. 

Planning Service Appointment System

An enhanced appointment system allows members of the public to book a 20-minute appointment with a Planning Officer to clarify any issues concerning a current planning application or to discuss in detail a specific planning proposal they wish to submit.

The appointments are free and available Mon-Fri between 1pm and 4pm at Council Offices, 2 Church Street, Newtownards but they must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance.

Amongst other things, the service offers the public the opportunity to ask for pre-application advice on householder and small-business proposals, to receive advice on how to develop a scheme, to ascertain whether a proposal is in line with the development plan and planning policy guidelines, or how to revise a previously refused or withdrawn application. Such an appointment, arranged prior to submission, could assist in any future decision being reached more promptly.

To arrange an appointment, please contact the Planning Service on 028 9182 4006 or e-mail planning@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk   When making the booking, the information provided will enable the Planning Officer to gain a comprehensive understanding of the proposal, thereby improving the quality of the site-specific advice that will be given.

Members of the public may still call to view registry copies of current planning applications, where no Planning Officer is in attendance, without an appointment between 9:30 and 12:30 Mon-Fri and 10:30-12:30 on Thursdays at the Church Street offices. Requests to view historic files held in off-site storage, or full working files currently being processed, must be received by phone or e-mail, as it may take several days to facilitate such an appointment.

Address
2 Church Street, Newtownards, County Down, BT23 4AF

Telephone
028 9182 4006

Email
planning@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk

Our staff can help you to check the status of an application, submit a completed application or collect an application form.

Opening times

Days Hours
Monday 9:30am – 4:30pm
Tuesday 9:30am – 4:30pm
Wednesday 9:30am – 4:30pm
Thursday 10:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 9:30am – 4:30pm