Renfrewshire Council

Last reviewed: 18:30, 27 May 2020

Planning, building standards and regeneration

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Planning

Our teams are working to keep your applications progressing and to maintain business continuity for customers.  A number of temporary changes have been implemented to help us achieve this.

We will communicate with you by email and telephone, Please contact Planning via email - dc@renfrewshire.gov.uk or by calling 0141 618 7835.

Please use the eDevelopment.scot portal to submit all applications, plans and supporting information.  Additional information relating to an existing application can also be submitted via the portal. We currently cannot accept paper applications, or paper submissions of additional information.

You can also use the eDevelopment.scot portal portal to make payments relating to your application or call 0141 618 7835 to discuss alternative payment methods.

You can comment on existing planning applications through our website or via email at dc@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

We will aim to assess and determine applications within statutory timescales however it might not be possible to achieve the same levels of service.

The Planning Authority may not be able to determine planning applications where legislation requires site notices to be displayed. This is because it is not be possible to produce notices and it is a requirement in legislation for these to be on display prior to the determination. 

The Planning Authority will continue to send notifications to neighbouring properties of planning applications and place advertisements in the local press.

Site visits and meetings of the Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board  are currently suspended. Once the government restrictions are lifted, we will aim to progress applications as efficiently as possible.

The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act, which came into force on 7 April 2020, sets out that planning permission that would otherwise lapse in the six months until 6 October 2020 will be extended by one year to allow work to start once the current restrictions are lifted.


Building Standards

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic Renfrewshire Council Building Standards team are providing a reduced service. We are no longer conducting any site visits or face to face meetings, however officers can still be contacted via email and by telephone: 

Please contact your relevant case officer regarding any site inspection queries and we will work with developers and building owners to ensure that completion certificate submissions will continue to be processed during this time.

Building warrants can still be submitted through the eDevelopment.scot portal and we would request that all payments are made online by debit or credit card as we have limited ability to process cheques. Applications that have previously been submitted via the eDevelopment.scot portal will be processed as normal. If you have submitted a hardcopy application please speak to your case officer regarding converting this to an e-application.

Although site inspections are no longer being conducted, we will accept alternative evidence such as photographs, reports from suitably qualified persons, video, or remote means of conducting site inspections i.e. Skype, Zoom etc, and we will work with developers and building owners to ensure that completion certificate submissions will continue to be processed during this time.

The onus remains on the relevant person to ensure the works are carried out in accordance with the building regulations and the approved plans. Any alternative evidence submitted in support of a completion certificate submission should demonstrate that key health and safety requirements have been met.


Regeneration

Paisley building repair and shopfront improvement grants

Paisley Townscape Heritage and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (Paisley TH.CARS2) is a building repair and shopfront improvement grant scheme.

If you meet the criteria, and would like to apply, please scan your signed application and email it with supporting documents to Th.cars2@renfrewshire.gov.uk. Unfortunately, we can't process postal applications just now as our team are working remotely.

You may also be interested in the small business support packages that the Scottish Government and councils are offering. For more information, visit this page: Support for businesses, employees and self-employed.