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New planning surgery starts in the Moorlands

Customers with grand designs - and those with smaller plans - can now get free planning advice from the local council every week.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has introduced a new planning surgery which will take place in the reception area at Moorlands House on Stockwell Street in Leek between 9am and 4pm every Wednesday.

Councillor Edwin Wain, cabinet member for planning, development and property, said: "We are always listening to what our customers and residents want and we are introducing this new planning surgery in response to requests for better access to our planners and the planning service.

"It's a good opportunity for anyone considering a building project in the Moorlands to speak to an experienced planner about their proposal and seek advice on whether they'll need planning permission and, if so, how to apply.

"We hope it will improve the service for customers and we'll be monitoring this over the coming months so I'd urge people to make full use of these weekly surgeries."

Advance appointments are not always necessary but, to avoid having to wait, customers are asked to call the Council's Customer Services team on 0345 605 3010 to make an appointment.

The surgeries complement the Council's existing planning pre-application process and are aimed at helping customers with their building projects from the ideas stage through to making a planning application.