Hartlepool Borough Council

Development Control

The Development Control Service

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Development Control is concerned with regulating the impact of new development on its surroundings.

Planning permission may be required for building and engineering work, for changes in the use of buildings and land, alterations to listed buildings, developments in Conservation Areas, works on protected trees and display of advertisements. 

We offer a planning advisory service, the One Stop Shop to enable you to check whether your proposal will need planning permission or not.

A Duty Officer will be available between the hours of 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00 Monday-Friday, however this officer will be unable to advise you on the acceptability of a scheme nor give any informal opinion as to the likely success of a proposal.  The duty officer will only answer basic questions such as how to make an application or where to find our planning policies.  The duty officer will not be able to tell you if you need planning permission (or any other consent).  Should you require planning advice, please refer your proposal to the One Stop Shop.

Paragraph 62 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) recognises the importance of good design, HBC fully support the principles of good design and encourage good design through the Local Plan and officer liaison with developers and the community.

North East Design Review and Enabling Service (NEDRES) is a north east based organisation that consists of 28 experienced and well respected professionals from a range of built environment disciplines who meet monthly to review schemes. They provide expert impartial advice on the architecture, landscape, urban design and climate change impacts of development proposals and master plans. The aim of working with NEDRES is to improve design aspirations on submitted schemes and to encourage a more consistent high quality design standards across the North East. NEDRES are part of the Design Network and is hosted by RIBA North East.

In March 2013 Hartlepool Borough Council supported the approach set out above, and agreed to formalise arrangements with neighbouring authorities. Four of the Tees Valley authorities (Hartlepool, Middlesbrough Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton on Tees) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with NEDRES, the MOU sets out the authorities intentions with regard to encouraging the use of NEDRES and recognises an emerging partnership founded on a shared belief in the value of design as essential to improving the quality of life and it.  

The council will encourage applicants to use NEDRES particularly with regard to large scale major applications and any applications that are likely to be highly contentious i.e. development within a conservation area or if the council is unsure of its design merit and wishes to raise the design quality. Officers can advise on if your application should be referred to NEDRES.

The fee for the design review of schemes is £1,500, for a 1 hour review with 3-4 panel members. Follow up reviews are £1000.

You can submit a planning application at www.planningportal.gov.uk or to view all Planning application click here.

Under new legislation prior notification can be sought for some single storey extensions. Please refer to the guidance note and Prior Notifcation Form.

Alternatively contact us at developmentcontrol@hartlepool.gov.uk or ring us on 01429 284317 to request paper application forms 

Track the progress of a planning application or comment on an application via our interactive pages

View reports or decisions determined by the Council's Planning Committee. 

When a planning application has been refused the applicant has the right of appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.

All reported breaches of planning control are investigated and may lead to the service of enforcement notices.  

You will find further advice and guidance in the pages below and in the related download section.


External Links
Hartlepool Borough Council is not responsible for the content of any external websites and does not endorse any product or organisation contained therein

You can submit a planning application online via the UK Government's Planning Portal.  

Hartlepool's Planning Access Portal

Notes about the Planning Process

Notes about the Planning Process

Information notes about the planning process

Planning Guidance - Contaminated Land

Planning Guidance - Contaminated Land

Planning Guidance relating to contaminated land

Planning Guidance - Flood Risk Assessment

Planning Guidance - Flood Risk Assessment

Planning guidance relating to flood risk assessment

Planning Guidance - The Validation Process

Planning Guidance - The Validation Process

Planning guidance relating to the validation process

Planning Guidance - Heritage Statements

Planning Guidance - Heritage Statements

Planning guidance relating to heritage statements

Landscape Planning & Conservation

Address: Development Control
Department of Regeneration & Neighbourhoods
Level 1 - Civic Centre
Victoria Road
Hartlepool
TS24 8AY

Tel: 01429 284317

Email: DevelopmentControl@hartlepool.gov.uk

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