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News and information from the Planning & Development Service.
- The Highland Council, including Planning and Development is moving from its base in Market Place in Wick to temporary accommodation in nearby Girnigoe Street in preparation for the £8 million redevelopment of the Market Place site as modern Council office accommodation. Offices in Market Place will close on Friday 18 January at 3pm and reopen at Girnigoe Street on Monday 21 January. Find out more on the news release.
- On 5th April 2012 The Highland-wide Local Development Plan was adopted by The Highland Council. The Highland-wide Local Development Plan (HwLDP) sets out the overarching spatial planning policy for the whole of the Highland Council Area, and replaces the Highland Structure Plan (2001), except for the area covered by the Cairngorms National Park.
Further details on the HwLDP and related changes to other Local Plans can be viewed on the Development Plans webpage.
- From Wednesday 7th March a new approach to customer care is to be trialled for all Planning and Building Standards customers in Sutherland and Easter Ross. Customers will now be able to make general enquires or book an appointment by telephoning 01349 886608. Enquiries will be dealt with by Customer Service Advisors or a Duty Officer. Customers with ongoing applications will still be able to contact their case officer by phone or email.
- Major changes to rules governing which alterations and extensions to private houses and flats require planning permission come into force on 6 February 2012. See our Householder Permitted Development section for more information on these changes.