Request copies of planning documents

We hold a variety of Planning documents. Depending on the type of document you're looking for and when it was produced, you may be able to download it directly or you may need to call us to request it.

Development pre-1948

The requirement to obtain planning permission was established on 1 July 1948. As such there are no planning records before this date. Everything built before this date is treated as an existing/original building for the purposes of planning.

Development between 1948 and 1989

These records are presently not held in a digital format. You can only view these on microfiche at our offices. To view them please call us on 01403 215187 and arrange an appointment.

Development between 1990 and 2001

Records for this period can be published online upon request. Please call us on 01403 215187to request that the records are released.

Development from 2002 onwards

From 2002 planning applications were recorded directly into the Council's electronic database. To find planning history from 2002 you will need to use the planning application search option on our Planning Public Access website.

If a decision is not available please email and we will place this online.

How to request copies of documents

To request a document, please ensure you have the reference number of the notice required and call us on 01403 215187 to make a payment by credit or debit card: we do not accept cheques. The document will then be sent to you electronically. The cost is calculated per decision notice.

We normally deal with requests within two working days. If we need more time to prepare the document we will advise you of this when you call.


The price for requesting a copy of a document will depend on the type of document. Prices are listed in the table below by document type.

Type of document Cost (inc VAT)
Planning Decision Notice from 1948 onwards £12
Listed Building Approval Notice £12
Enforcement Notice £12
Article 4 Direction £12
S106 or S52 Agreement £12
Discontinuance Notice £15

Plans, drawings and other material submitted to the Council are protected by the Copyright Acts (Section 47, 1988 Act). You may only use material which is downloaded and/or printed for consultation purposes, to compare current applications with previous schemes and to check whether developments have been completed in accordance with approved plans. Further copies must not be made without the prior permission of the copyright owner.