How do I research the planning history of my property?

The modern planning system was established by the Town and Country Planning Act 1947 which came into effect on the 1 July 1948. From this date planning permission has been required from the Local Planning Authority for any development of land.

Development pre-1948

The requirement to obtain planning permission was established on 1 July 1948, as such there will be no planning records before this date. Everything built before this date is treated as an existing/original building for the purposes of planning.

Development between 1948 and 1974

These records are presently not held in a digital format. You can only view these plotting sheets at our offices. These sheets are currently archived so if you wish to view them you will need to contact us and arrange an appointment.

Development between 1974 and 2000

Textual records from 1974 to 2000 are available from the Planning and Building Online Register. However records for this period may not have been fully checked for accuracy in terms of the mapped polygon or property address. Planning Services are currently in the process of working through these records but the scale of this project means that it could be some time before this is complete. You will therefore need to use the plotting sheets alongside the Online Register.

Development from 2000 onwards

From 2000 onwards planning applications were recorded directly into the Council's electronic database and so to find planning history from 2000 onwards you will need to use the property search option on the Planning and Building Online Register.

Using the Online Register

To see the planning history on your property follow the steps below:

  • Open a property search on the Online Register
  • Enter your property address (e.g. 90 Vere Road) and click search
  • Click on the "Property History" tab
  • Check records will appear under their relevant headings e.g. Planning Applications, Planning Appeals etc.

In addition to these steps it is recommended that you also use the Map search feature on the Online Register as it is possible that not all applications have been directly registered against the same address point e.g. the planning permission(s) that resulted in the construction of your house would have been registered before your property address was created. There will however be a mapped area covering your property for this application.

  • From the property search screen click "Map" or start a new Map Search
  • Navigate and zoom to you property (unfortunately there is no address search feature on the map)
  • Click the "Enable filter" option to the right of the map
  • Select "All from 1st January 2000" from the drop down list
  • Tick the layer you wish to show e.g. Planning > Application
  • New edges will appear on the map (Planning applications are red)
  • Click any point on the map to reveal which applications cover that point, where there are multiple applications you can cycle through these using the arrows at the top of the pop-up box.
  • Click Application Details to view the application record and any Associated Documents.

To check mapped planning history for before 1 January 2000 you will need to use the Plotting sheets.

Using the plotting sheets

  • Locate and open the relevant map sheet using the index map and table at the top of the Plotting sheets page.
  • Located the grid square that includes your site.
  • Open the relevant plotting sheet(s) for each date period available.
  • Find the site you are interested in on each sheet and make a note of any reference numbers that appear to relate to that site.
  • Using your list of reference numbers search the Planning and Building Online Register to view any associated documents such as the decision notice relevant plans and drawings.

Getting help

You can ask Planning Services to carry out a Planning history search for you. We aim to return search results to you within 10 working days. Fees are charged by the hour with an initial baseline charge.

If you would like us to conduct a search on your property please contact us.


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