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Miscellaneous Application Advice

Flood Risk

Poole Local Plan First Alteration adopted March 2004 contains information relating to Flood Risk and the Water Environment. Policy NE31 of the Plan sets out the criteria for assessing planning applications while the Proposals Map identifies areas at risk from tidal and fluvial flooding.

Details of Flood Risk Zones are available on a map base via the Environment Agency's website 

Contaminated Land

Further details on the approach by the Environmental & Consumer Protection Services in Poole to Contaminated Land and other information provided by external bodies can be found on the link above. 

Viability Analysis

To view our Viability Analysis Note please click on the item in the Download Section at the top right hand side of this page. 

Article 4 Directions

Certain types of development can be carried out without the need for planning permission. This is known as permitted development, and covers a wide range of minor developments by householders, farmers and foresters. It also includes developments by statutory undertakers – this term covers a wide variety of public bodies, such as gas and electricity providers, water boards and telecommunications operators.

In some circumstances, local authorities may wish to control the way people can exercise these rights where there is a clear and immediate threat to the amenity of the area. This is done by means of a direction under Article 4 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 Order. Article 4 directions are sometimes made to cover parts of a conservation area where its character is under threat because of inappropriate building alterations.

Authorities have the power to make directions withdrawing permitted development rights within all or any of the Parts of The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995. The Secretary of State must approve or confirm certain types of direction.

Article 3 Restrictions

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, automatically grants planning permission for certain types of development, subject to specified conditions and limitations provided for in Article 3, Schedule 2 of the GPDO 1995. These types of development are generally regarded as being non-controversial and usually acceptable.

It is important to consider the relevant type of development on which permitted development rights are conferred, as set out within Schedule 2, of Article 3 of the Order, in order to establish which if any of the classes referred to within that part relate to what you are proposing. The Order has been amended a number of times and when checking to find out what constitutes permitted development it is very important always to check the latest amendment.

It is also important to recognise that certain permitted development rights are granted subject to limitations or conditions, and for this reason must be closely consulted before any development is carried out to determine the extent of the rights. 

Listed Buildings

Further information regarding Listed buildings can be found here.

Conservation Areas

Further information regarding Conservation Areas can be found here. 

Tree Preservation Orders

View Tree Preservation Orders on a map.

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