Planning File Search

You cannot effectively object to a development unless you research and review the planning application. You can’t object on general grounds (see: ‘Material Planning Matters’). You need to access the actual application for permission to develop the land, and review the applicant’s plans.

South Hams District and Devon County Councils (the Local Planning Authorities – LPAs) maintain a public register of planning applications. The register is physically stored at their planning office and is also available through their website.

There is no national centralized database of planning applications. Notice of new planning applications are often published in the local newspaper as well.

The planning register must, at a minimum, include the application number, information about the developers, the planning application form, and all supporting drawings, plans, maps, elevations, tree surveys, Design and Access Statements, Officers Reports, and letters of representation from members of the public. 

Protecting and Enhancing – Resources:

THE NATIONAL PLANNING POLICY FRAMEWORK

DEVON’S MANAGEMENT PLAN

A ‘gold mine’ of planning information and guidance:

 The Government ‘Planning Portal’

Planning file search:

SOUTH HAMS DISTRICT COUNCIL – PLANNING SEARCH

You need the planning application number – and can post a letter online via the search page.

DEVON COUNTY COUNCIL – PLANNING SEARCH

CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT RURAL ENGLAND – PLANNING HELP

South Hams District Council

Email to planning:  development.management@swdevon.gov.uk

CONTACT SOUTH HAMS DISTRICT COUNCIL

ASK SHDC PLANNING A QUESTION

FIND YOUR PARISH COUNCIL CLERK

FIND YOUR SOUTH HAMS DISTRICT COUNCILLOR – BY WARD

FIND YOUR SOUTH HAMS DISTRICT COUNCILLOR – ALPHABETICALLY

Devon County Council

DEVON COUNTY COUNCIL – PLANNING

Email to planning: planning@devon.gov.uk

COUNCILLORS BY MAP

FIND YOUR COUNCILLOR

YOUR COUNCILLORS ALPHABETICALLY

YOUR COUNCILLORS BY DIVISION

YOUR COUNCILLORS BY PARISH

LIST OF CONTACT DETAILS

Gov UK – Determining a planning application

Friends of the Earth Guides:

The English Planning System overview

Planning Applications: a campaigner’s guide

Local Plans: a campaigner’s guide

Environmental Impact Assessment: Campaigner’s Guide

Public Inquiries: Campaigner’s Guide

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