Introduction and Agreements
The Planning website is a free on-line Internet service that enables you to access planning information held the Council’s computerised planning systems. Our Planning Interactive service has been designed to be comprehensive and easy to use. Information and Help options are provided for each page and it is recommended these be checked before proceeding. However, before starting off it is necessary for all users to agree to our terms and conditions of use, summarised below.
1. General disclaimer as regards land and property information provided
Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy and the completeness of the information held on this system, neither can be guaranteed. You are recommended to check before acting on the information supplied.
Please note that all address based information held on this system may not match the National Gazetteer of addresses and hence cannot be relied upon for the purposes of address based searching.
2. Copyright must be adhered to
Further copies may not be made without prior permission of the copyright owner.
Plans, drawings and material submitted to the Council are protected by the Data Protection Act and the Copyright Act and are provided under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Under these Acts you may only use material which is downloaded and/or printed in order to: Inspect and comment upon a current planning application (i.e. one that has not yet been decided) to compare current applications with previous schemes to check whether developments are being/have been completed in accordance with approved plans.
In general, the owner of plans and elevations will be the applicant and/or agent, and Ordnance Survey in the case of maps and site plans.
3. Data Protection Act 1998 and Freedom of Information Act 2000
The Data Protection Act 1998 imposes restrictions on the ways in which the Council can hold and deal with personal data such as names, addresses, telephone numbers, fax numbers, email addresses etc. In compliance with the requirements of the Act, the general provision of personal details on our web site has been kept to a practicable minimum. Accordingly, any personal information provided on our web site is not to be used for any purpose other than the uses stated above. Hence our search engines do not offer the option to search on the name of the applicant.
All representations received by the Council in respect to commenting on any planning applications and public consultations will normally be made available to the general public. If you wish to comment on a planning application, you may prefer that certain personal details, such as your private telephone number and e-mail address, are not to be recorded on the public register, in which case you should ensure that such details are not contained within your comments.
With regards to commenting on planning applications please note that if you do not provide your name and address they will be treated as an anonymous and given little weight. However, having regard to the Freedom of Information Act 2000, all Planning Register information relating to an application such as application forms, plans, drawings etc, together with 3rd party letters, faxes and emails etc, are generally available for public viewing at The Civic Centre without restriction. The only exceptions relate to matters that in our judgment are of a personal nature or defamatory or otherwise in breach of the law.
All personal information provided to Walsall Council will be handled in line with our obligations under data protection law. We will ensure your information is handled securely and confidentially whilst complying with all of our statutory and legal obligations. Full details of how we use your information can be found on our privacy page.