2. Planning Duty Officer consultation (for certain types of proposal only)

The Council is now offering a basic level of informal advice, free of charge, which will allow you to identify and discuss principles and issues associated with your development proposals.  This service is being provided by a Planning Duty Officer who will be available to discuss your proposals on either a Monday or Wednesday afternoon from 1400hrs-1700hrs (By Appointment).

The Duty Officer will be available to discuss:

  • Permitted development rights
  • Extensions and alterations to domestic dwellings
  • Minor amendment applications

Any advice given by the duty planner does not indicate any formal decision by the council as local planning authority.

Any views or opinions expressed are given in good faith and to the best of ability, without prejudice to the formal consideration of any planning application following statutory public consultation, the issues raised and evaluation of all available information

Should you wish to make an appointment to see the Duty Officer please complete ouronline request form


If you would like a more formal, written response, we require you to complete thePreliminary Enquiries Form allowing us time to research and consider the issues and give a more detailed reply.


All proposed developments are assessed against National, Regional and local planning policies. See ourPlanning Policy pages for information about the policies that apply in Breckland. In order to assess which policies may relate to your proposal we need to identify the site and have full details of your proposal (Erection of dwelling or extension, or starting up a business). You will not need fully detailed and scaled architect plans at this stage, but we would need to see how the proposal would relate to the highway, existing buildings, trees and any adjoining properties.

Any advice given would be based on the information you provide and would be limited to a desk-based assessment as site visits are not conducted as part of this service. If a formal application is submitted, a full appraisal of the proposal would be undertaken along with a standard Icon for pdf consultation procedure [20.31KB], which could identify further issues that the Council would need to take into account. As this is the case and response should not be assumed to be comprehensive or binding on any future decisions of the Council.

When completing and submitting your preliminary enquiry form, customers should include the following information:

  1. A site location plan, with the site outlined in red (Please also include the scale, the direction of North, the location of adjacent properties and roads)
  2. Sketch plan (and sketch elevations and sections where applicable for Listed Buildings)
  3. Photographs of the site or Listed Building
  4. Any other relevant information - the more information you provide will allow us to provide you with a more detailed response- This is especially important for Listed Building matters

Last updated: 05/11/2018 10:41:16