As from the 15 February 2016 the Council will only be posting a site notice for where there is a statutory requirement to do so, to help speed up the process in dealing with all types of application. The new process will be as follows:
- Site Notices will only be posted if there is a statutory requirement to do so i.e. it is in a conservation area or is a listed building (in both these instances we also have to put and advert in the local press), a major application ((defined as residential – 10 or more dwellings or site of 0.5 hectares or more; non-residential – new floor space 1000sqm of a site of 1 hectare or more); has an Environmental Impact Assessment; Affects a public right of ways; does not accord with the provisions do the development plan or is adjacent to open land (i.e. where there is no address point)
- SNC will continue to notify in writing all neighbours adjacent to the boundary of the site, or opposite the site if it relates to any front alterations, the selection of any other neighbours will be a judgement call by the case officer (as is the case at present), and whether they are materially affected by the proposal.
This level of publicity together with press adverts, where required, satisfies the statutory requirement for public consultation on applications.
In addition to the above the Council also publishes the weekly list of applications on its web site and also residents can sign up to ‘My South Norfolk’ on the web site to receive alerts on what is happening in their area.