A to Z of Planning

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pdf documentAnnual Monitoring Report 2015 (Adobe pdf) (1.8 MB)

The Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) records:

  1. How we are performing in preparing new policies and in particular, meeting the timetable for preparation of new development plan documents - see 'M' for Minerals and Waste Development Scheme for more details. 
  2. The implementation and effectiveness of minerals and waste policies in respect of targets. This will influence the need to review our policies.
  3. Information about sales and reserves of aggregates - see 'L' for Local Aggregate Assessment for a more detailed assessment.

Appeal a planning decision or an appeal enforcement notice (external links) - The Planning Inspectorate handle planning and enforcement appeals, employing independent Inspectors who act on behalf of the Secretary of State.

Applications Register - Search - our records of planning applications for minerals and waste developments, and planning applications made by Staffordshire County Council for its own developments, dating back to 1995.

Appeals - use our Applications Register - Search to find records of appeals against decisions on planning applications determined by Staffordshire County Council.

Applications making the headlines

Application forms, fees and advice about making a planning application to Staffordshire County Council.

Applications for any other types of development such as housing, shops, offices, industry - contact the relevant Staffordshire Borough/District Council/Stoke-on-Trent City Council

A to Z of all County Council services

A to Z Guide to planning applications submitted to Staffordshire County Council,  together with accompanying validation checklists, are available from our Application forms, fees and advice web page.

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Biodiversity - Staffordshire Requirements for Biodiversity and Geological Conservation (Adopted: March 2008) provide on-line access to landscapes, biodiversity, archaeology and historic built environment data and advice

See also Ecological survey and assessment requirements

See also Protected species survey and assessment guidance.

Building Control - contact the relevant Staffordshire Borough/District Council/Stoke-on-Trent City Council

C

pdf documentCharges and fees for planning related services (Adobe pdf) (66 KB)

Coal - pdf documentSummary of recent coal bed methane, coal mine methane and natural gas sites (Adobe pdf) (317 KB)

pdf documentCommenting on an Application - frequently asked questions (Adobe pdf) (81 KB)

Contact us - the Planning Development Control and Regulation teams at Staffordshire County Council.

pdf document Consultee Checklist (web version) (Adobe pdf) (35 KB) - the persons and organisations we consult on planning applications.

Copyright - see Freedom of Information

Councils - contact the relevant Staffordshire Borough/District Council/Stoke-on-Trent City Council

County Developments - the County Council's own developments. For guidance on making a county development planning application refer to the following:

pdf documentGuidance on making a county development planning application (Adobe pdf) (72 KB)

pdf documentGuidance note for schools and private architects (Adobe pdf) (641 KB)

pdf documentTransport information requirements for school transport assessments (Adobe pdf) (246 KB)

 

D

Data Protection - see 'F' for Freedom of Information

pdf documentDelegated Powers (Adobe pdf) (58 KB) explains the powers available to officers to make decisions without referral to the County Council's Planning Committee.  The powers are set out in the delegation scheme which forms part of the County Council Constitution.

Derelict land - contact the relevant Staffordshire Borough/District Council/Stoke-on-Trent City Council

pdf documentDesigning waste facilities - a guide to modern design in waste - published by Defra - October 2008 (Adobe pdf) (3.6 MB)

Development Control - see Contact us - the Planning Development Control team

Development Plan provides links to the planning policy documents prepared by Staffordshire County Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the 8 Staffordshire Borough/District Councils.

E

Ecological survey and assessment requirements are available via Staffordshire County Council's 'Environmental Land Management' web pages which provide access to landscapes, biodiversity, archaeology and historic built environment data and advice.

Enforcement - see Planning Regulation Team

Environment Agency should be contacted about the day to day operation of waste management facilities.

Environmental data is available via Staffordshire County Council's 'Environmental Land Management' web pages which provide access to landscapes, biodiversity, archaeology and historic built environment data and advice.

F

Fees - see 'C' for Charges

Find us - the Planning, Policy and Development Control team and Planning Regulation team are based in Staffordshire Place in Stafford.

Flood Risk Management - the County Council is the Lead Local Flood Authority and has produced a Flood Risk Mananagement Strategy.

pdf documentFracking in Staffordshire - frequently asked questions (Adobe pdf) (94 KB)

pdf documentFreedom of Information - Data Protection - Copyright and Charging (Adobe pdf) (91KB)

G

Glossary - see Planning glossary - provided by the National Planning Portal

H

Heritage England - guide to the range of information required by them (external link)

Highways Development Control

Highways Hotline - to report problems with the public highway, pavements, public rights of way, road lighting and road signs

Historic Buildings and Archaeology - professional advice and guidance provided by our environmental specialists

Housing - any queries contact the relevant Staffordshire Borough/District Council/Stoke-on-Trent City Council

L

Land Charges - County Land Charges hold detailed records of all information on highways related matters affecting land ownership in Staffordshire

Landscape - professional advice and guidance provided by our environmental specialists

Lawful Development Certificates - Government planning practice guidance

pdf documentLocal Aggregate Assessment for Staffordshire 2016 (Adobe pdf) (2.19 MB) - a detailed assessment of the demand for and supply of aggregates which is reviewed annually and includes data surveyed on behalf of the West Midlands Aggregates Working Party

Local Development Framework - guide provided by the National Planning Portal

pdf documentLocal Monitoring and Enforcement Plan - July 2012 (Adobe pdf) (1.1 MB)

Local Planning Authorities - other than ourselves - contact the relevant Staffordshire Borough/District Council/Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Local Transport Plan (LTP) - prepared by Staffordshire County Council as the Highway Authority

M

pdf document Minerals and Waste Development Scheme (MWDS) - Revised January 2016 (Adobe pdf) (1.6 MB)

Minerals Local Plan - the adopted minerals planning policies for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

Mineral search  - see 'S' for Searches

Monitoring - minerals and waste planning permissions - see Planning Regulation Team

N

National Planning Policies and Guidance are prepared by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and are used to inform the planning policies contained within local plans and policy documents prepared by local planning authorities.

National Planning Policy Framework published by the Department of Communities and Local Government (27 March 2012)

Natural England - provides information and advice on the natural environment.

P

Performance - pdf documentQuarterly Performance Report 2016-17 - year end (Adobe pdf) (139 KB); Planning Committee - Annual performace report - 1 June 2017 - see agenda item 5;  pdf document Quarterly Performance Report 2017-18 Quarter 2 (Adobe pdf) (137 KB); and, Planning Committee - Half year performance report - 2 November 2017 - see agenda item 5

pdf documentPlain English Guide to the Planning System - January 2015 (Adobe pdf) (332 KB) produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)

Planning Aid - access to free planning advice.

Planning and Development Mapping Portal provides planning information using on our new mapping portal. 

Planning Committee role, responsibility, public speaking procedures, membership, committee dates, agendas and minutes.

Planning Development Control - we deal with planning applications to do with quarries, landfills, composting and recycling sites, and, prepare, monitor and review the County Council's minerals and waste planning policies; and, county developments - planning applications relating to the County Council's own developments e.g. schools, social services and new road schemes.

Planning glossary - provided by the Planning Portal

Planning for Landscape Change - supplementary planning guidance

Planning Obligations - private agreements negotiated between the County Council and persons with an interest in a piece of land and are intended to make acceptable development which would otherwise be unacceptable in planning terms.  In cases where the County Council is the applicant it cannot enter into a legally enforceable section 106 agreement with itself.  As an alternative, it may be appropriate for the County Council to prepare and sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide a transparent commitment to fulfil certain undertakings.  Standard / model section 106 agreements and MoUs are in preparation and will be published here in due course.

Planning policy in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent provides an introduction and links to the various development plan documents, contacts and useful links to related information including transport policy and landscape guidance.

Planning Portal - to submit a planning application to us, other than a minerals planning application - see Applications

Planning Practice Guidance  - Government planning guidance

Planning Regulation Team  the Planning Regulation team aim to ensure that operators comply with the conditions attached to planning permissions for minerals and waste development.

Pre-application advice

Protected species survey and assessment guidance gives access to landscapes, biodiversity, archaeology and historic built environment data and advice.

R

Regulation -see 'P' for Planning Regulation Team

Residential Design Guide - prepared by the Highways Development Control Team brings together the elements that help contribute towards cohesive housing layout design so that residential developments are sustainable and integrated.

S

Searches - pdf documentMinerals and Waste Search Enquiries (Adobe pdf) (285 KB)

Also see highway record enquiries, land and property enquiries, local authority searches, and personal searches in respect of highways

Staffordshire Borough/District Councils should be contacted about all planning applications and planning policy unrelated to mineral/waste/county developments, for example residential, industrial and commercial development in their areas.

pdf documentStatement of Community Involvement (SCI) - Revised February 2014 (Adobe pdf) (1.1 MB) explains how we will consult with people and organisations when we are handling planning applications and preparing new planning policy documents.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council - Planning should be contacted about all planning applications and planning policy matters in Stoke-on-Trent

T

Transport Development Control - see 'H' Highways Development Control.

pdf documentTransport Assessment and Transport Statement Validation Form (January 2008) (Adobe pdf) (21 KB)

pdf documentTransport information requirements for school transport assessments (Adobe pdf) (246 KB)

Transport planning - strategies and policies prepared by Staffordshire County Council as the Local Highway Authority, including the 'Local Transport Plan' - see 'L'

Trees - Tree Preservation Orders (TPO's) are not dealt with by Staffordshire County Council. Please contact the relevant Borough/District Council/Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

V

Validation of planning applications - the national list and local list of information requirements are used to validate planning applications submitted to Staffordshire County Council for determination. The requirements are explained in our 'A to Z Guide', together with accompanying validation checklists, which are available from our Application forms, fees and advice web page.

To ensure that applications are valid first time we strongly encourage applicants to seek pre-application advice well in advance of submitting an application.

W

Waste collection - is the responsibility of the Staffordshire the relevant Borough/District Council/Stoke-on-Trent City Council as they are the Waste Collection Authorities

Waste management should be contacted for information about Staffordshire County Council's role as the Waste Disposal Authority, which includes the operation of the Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Waste Local Plan - contains the currently adopted waste planning policies for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. 

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