Free advice on offer from planners

Anyone thinking of extending their home or fitting solar panels is being reminded to contact planners first.

“Before parting with your money please remember to find out whether your development needs planning permission or not,” said a statement from Argyll and Bute Council today (Monday).

The free Planning for Firm Foundations service can establish whether planning permission is needed – call 01546 605518 or access the new online information system and pre-application form here.

Councillor Sandy Taylor, chairman of the planning, protective services and licensing committee, said: “People who are thinking about a building or renovation project should seek the advice of our planning professionals, sending a copy of initial drawings or a written description of their proposals using our downloadable form to our planning officers. We will get back to you with an initial view, confirming if you need planning permission.

“A lot of people are thinking about installing solar panels and heat pumps nowadays, some of which may need permission.”My advice is to always check with your local planning office before making an investment decision and using our pre-application process will give more certainty and identify any issues at an early stage.”

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