What is planning
To many people "planning" means the control of development through the planning applications system. However, it is much more than a process of control governed by a set of rules which is why it is known as development management.
Development management is a positive and proactive approach to shaping, considering, determining and delivering development proposals. It is led by the local planning authority, working closely with those proposing developments and other stakeholders. It is undertaken in the spirit of partnership and inclusiveness, and supports the delivery of key priorities and outcomes.
Our development management team deals with all proposals for new development within Newark and Sherwood, which includes not only planning application but also listed building, conservation area and advertisement consents.
Planning permission is not always required and there are circumstances where the works are either not development requiring planning permission or are permitted development.
Planning files are available to view at the planning reception, Castle House which is open Monday to Friday - 9am to 5pm.
Please note that if you are attending the planning reception it will close promptly at the specified time so you are strongly advised to allow sufficient time for any queries to be answered.
We operate a duty planner service if you require assistance in having plans or information explained, or guidance on the process for obtaining advice. This service operates Monday to Friday during 2pm to 5pm (please note, Castle House is closed to the public after 5pm, therefore please ensure you allow sufficient time as we are unable to operate the service after 5pm).
Please note that the duty planner will not offer any advice which must be obtained through formal processes (and for any applicable fee) set out for the council’s pre-application service, planning applications, discharge of condition requests, or any other services for which a formal submission is required.