Copies of historic planning decisions, documents and plans

Is there a charge?

Yes. Our charges are calculated for the retrieval of the information and processing the request. From 1 September 2018 a charge of £17 for Standard service and £40 for Fast Track will apply for each individual document or plan requested from a planning application. 

Once we have confirmed we hold the information you have requested we will contact you with details of the cost to process the information requested. When we have received this payment we will continue with your request. 

In addition to our standard service, we also provide a Fast Track service to request and receive copies of individual documents and plans (subject to permission granted by the plan owner/author) within 2 working days of receipt of payment.

This table shows the service level and the cost for the document/plan.
Service level Cost for document/plan VAT Total cost*
Standard £17 £3.40 £20.40
Fast track £40 £8 £48

*Please note: Additional postage and printing costs will be added to the 'Total cost' if a paper response is requested. Details are available on request.

Concessions may be available to Parish and Town Councils and local voluntary groups.

You are also able to view this information free of charge at our offices by appointment only. For more details please email

Making a request

All requests for copies of historic decision notices or plans should be emailed to If you require our fast track service you should include a telephone number so that we can contact you to confirm what information we hold and take your payment.

Standard service

We will acknowledge your email and you will receive notification within 20 working days, confirming if we hold the information you have requested or not. You will be issued with a reference number and a confirmed charge for processing your request. Upon receipt of your payment, your request will be processed and the requested information sent to you within 15 working days.

Please note: If we do not receive payment from you within 10 working days of our confirmation we will cancel your request.

Fast track service

We will acknowledge receipt of your email and advise you by telephone, where possible, within 1 working day as to what information we hold in relation to your request and take the relevant payment from you.

Your requested information will then be sent to you within 2 working days.

Highway Searches

When buying a property or piece of land, your solicitor will submit a local land charges search which will show whether there are any legal restrictions affecting the land or property.

The council will investigate any restrictions and bring all the information together in the form of a local authority search. The information is collected from different council departments including planning and building control, environmental health and transportation.

View the local land charges page for more infromation on the local land searches.

There may be a charge in order to obtain highways search information. For more information about obtaining highways search information please email

Last updated: 11/03/2021 15:18

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