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The Council send out neighbour notification letters when the proposal is householder development, that is any development within the curtilage (garden) of a house such as extensions, garages, new driveways; or where it involves the building of new houses providing the site area is less than 0.5 hectares or the number of houses are less than 10.
All other applications are publicised by the placing of site notices on road frontages and in the vicinity of application sites.
Certain types of application must, by law, be advertised in the press. We use the public notices sections of the Sentinel.
Depending on the location and the nature of the proposed development, the Council may be legally required to consult certain organisations, such as the Highway Authority, English Heritage, or the Environment Agency, and take their advice into consideration in making a decision on the planning application. In other cases the council will seek the views of other departments, Staffordshire County Council, the Utilities, and others as necessary to obtain advice which will help to reach the right decision on the application. These organisations have to respond within a specified time limit which will be at least 14 days.