Planning applications can be submitted as usual and are being processed as soon as possible; however, we would advise you to make online applications if able to as our offices remain closed to staff, resulting in significant delays for paper applications.
We are experiencing a backlog of applications due to lockdown which had an impact on service delivery, and saw a number of staff re-deployed to essential frontline services. Therefore, it may take a period of up to three months, on top of the usual delivery timescales, to determine applications.
The Planning Committee is currently meeting remotely twice a month in order to reduce the backlog as much as possible; and priority will be given to employment-related applications.
Site visits will only be carried out, where they are deemed necessary; along with the posting of site notices where practicable. Neighbour notification letters are being used where appropriate.
Enforcement complaints are being progressed where they are considered by officers to be of high or medium impact (for example, where there are health and safety implications) or matters that are able to progress in the absence of a site visit.
We would like to thank you for your patience during this period.
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We are working towards the achievement of targets set out at European, National and Regional level for the reduction of the amount of waste being diverted to landfill.
Policies in the Local Development Plan for Carmarthenshire generally build upon the framework provided by EU Directives, National and Regional Guidance and promote a waste hierarchy of reduction, re-use, recovery and disposal to landfill only as a last resort.
Existing waste sites are regularly monitored to assess landfill capacity remaining and to check compliance with planning conditions attached to the operations.