Planning application process
Whether your application is for a conservatory, a new house or a factory the way we deal with your application will be basically the same.
What we do with your application is set down in legislation and all authorities should deal with applications in a similar way.
Here we have set down the process in simple terms. Further information is also available on the Planning Portal:
Validation and Registration:
When we received any application we check that it has all the information we need to make it valid. This is set down in the council’s validation checklist. We will not validate your application until we have received all the information we need. We will write to you to ask for more information if you have not provided it with your application. We will also check that the right fee has been submitted.
Once we have the right information, we will register your application and start dealing with it.
Publicity and Consultation:
We consult various bodies to obtain their expert view on your application. These bodies might include the Highway Authority, English Nature or The Environment Agency.
We will also notify any properties which adjoin the site to let them know that an application has been submitted and / or will put up a site notice or advertise the application in the local press depending on the type and location of the development. We will normally give everyone 21 days to make their comments.
We visit every application site in order to assess the proposal in situ. This will normally be within the first four weeks. The case officer will look at the plans, make notes and take photographs of the site for the case file as required.
The application will be assessed by the case officer who will take into account current planning policy, consultation responses and comments from local residents.
Sometimes we will ask for changes to be made to the application if we do not consider that the proposal is acceptable in terms of current planning policy. If the changes are significant we may re-notify (although we are not required to do so) and ask for further comments from consultees and local residents.
Once a decision has been made we will send out a decision notice to the applicant or their agent. Further information is available on our website.
Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
CIL may be required to be paid if planning permission is granted for your proposal. For more information, including the Council's CIL Guide please visit our Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) pages.