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Planning and Coronavirus/COVID-19 guidance

In compliance with current Government advice in relation to Coronavirus the Local Planning Authority will be implementing the following measures in order to maintain an effective planning service.

In an attempt to limit exposure to COVID-19 the majority of staff will be working remotely and there will be no face to face contact, unless absolutely essential, until further notice.

For general and all pre-application enquires the department can be contacted via or by calling the Contact Centre on (0191) 520 5551.

If anyone wishes to submit an application/notification then it is strongly advised that this is done via the Planning Portal and any representations to planning applications/notifications should be sent via Planning Public Access or dc email account

Please note that every effort should be made to avoid submitting anything to the department in paper during this time as we cannot guarantee timescales for receipt or the processing of the information. If you have an issue relating to planning compliance please contact or use the online report a breach form.

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