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Planning Policy

Miscellaneous planning charges

This document provides miscellaneous charges for Planning and Transportation. View the Miscellaneous planning charges (PDF 16KB)

Appeals online

This Planning Portal leaflet outlines how to access appeals online. View the Your Guide to Appeals Online (PDF 136KB)

Creating better places to live: A guide to the planning system in England

This guide will help you find out more about planning and how you can make where you live a better place both now and in the future. It will help you find out what planning has got to do with you, your family, your friends and your community. View the A Guide to The Planning System in England (PDF 1.40MB)

Safer Places: The Planning System and Crime Prevention

Safer Places will be of interest to anyone involved in the planning and design of new development. Its main audience is likely to be the officers and councillors in local authorities who guide and control development. But the guide will also be relevant to those who promote development and advise on it, including the Police.

Safer Places focuses on seven attributes of sustainability that are particularly relevant to crime prevention. The attributes are general and descriptive. They are not prescriptive. They are not a set of rules to be applied to all situations. Instead, they should be considered as prompts to thinking about crime prevention and promoting community safety through the planning system.

View the Planning System and Crime Prevention webpage

Code of Best Practice on Mobile Phone Network Development

This Code of Best Practice, produced jointly by representatives of central and local government and the mobile phone industry, builds on Government guidance and operators’ commitments. It provides clear and practical advice to ensure the delivery of significantly better and more effective communication and consultation between operators, local authorities and local people. It replaces the version first produced in 1996.

View the Code of Best Practice on Mobile Phone Network Development webpage

A farmer's guide to the planning system

This guide explains how the planning system works, as at May 2002. It will help you to decide whether you need to put in a planning application for your project and how to go about it. It gives practical advice about presenting your application, what you need to consider and what you can do to make your case effectively. It updates information contained in the 1996 publication of this guide. However, it is not a definitive manual or an authoritative statement of planning law or policy.

View the A farmer's guide to the planning system webpage

A Householder's Planning Guide for the Installation of Antennas, including Satellite Dishes

This guide aims to do the following:

  • Explain what the regulations say about the number and the
    size of antennas allowed and where they should be placed.
  • Offer guidance on the most appropriate places to site antennas to
    try to help protect our environment.
  • Help retailers and installers provide appropriate advice and
    service to you on where to place antennas.

View the A Householder's Planning Guide for the Installation of Antennas, including Satellite Dishes webpage

A Guide For Advertisers

View the A Guide For Advertisers webpage

The Party Wall etc Act 1996

View The Party Wall etc Act 1996 Webpage

National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

The NPPF is prepared by the government and sets outnational guidance to local authorities and others on planning policy and the operation of the planning system. This replaces most of the former Planning Policy Statements (PPS) and Planning Policy Guidance notes (PPG).

View the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) webpage

Supplementary Planning Documents

View the supplementary planning documents webpage

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and New Homes: A Builder's Guide

Buildings account for almost half of the energy consumption and carbon emission in the UK. The ways in which we light, heat and use our buildings all contribute to this.

View the Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and New Homes: A Builder's Guide (Provided by Communities and Local Government)

Code for Sustainable Homes

On the 27 February 2008 the Government confirmed a mandatory rating against the Code will be implemented for new homes from 1 May 2008.

Further information on the Code for Sustainable Homes is provided by the Planning Portal

Greener homes for the future

It is now mandatory for all new homes to be rated against the Code and include a Code or nil-rated certificate within the Home Information Pack. This leaflet highlights what the Code is, how it works and what it means to have a mandatory rating for new homes.

By building to Code standards, we can make Britain's homes more environmentally friendly for the future.

Customer guide to completing Planning Obligations (Section 106 Agreements and Unilateral Undertakings)

A guide has been created by Development Management to provide its customers with easy to follow procedures for all matters relating to planning obligations. The guide is available to download free of charge in the link below.

  • View the Customer guide to completing Planning Obligations

Contact us

Regeneration - Planning and Building Control
2nd Floor, Civic Centre
Darwall Street
Walsall
WS1 1DG

Email planningservices@walsall.gov.uk
Telephone 01922 652677
Textphone and TextBox 0845 111 2910

Visit us

At the First Stop Shop www.walsall.gov.uk/first_stop_shop.htm

Office opening times

  • Monday to Thursday: 8.45am – 5.15pm
  • Friday: 8.45am - 4.45pm

Complaints/compliments

Please view our complaints and compliments webpage where you can complete an online contact form or alternatively you can print and complete our comments, compliments and complaints form.

This page was last updated on 25 March 2014