Information on the planning application process

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Validation of applications

Information on the types of application, fees, guidance on completing the application forms and the information requirements are available on the Make a Planning Application webpage and the pages relating to each application type.

Where an application is not accompanied by the local requirements, the applicant should provide a short written justification with the application as to why it is not appropriate in the particular circumstances.

Applicants or agents will be contacted if documents are insufficient or additional material is required. Failure to submit the mandatory items will result in the application being returned with a letter confirming the outstanding information. Valid applications will be formally acknowledged, normally within five working days for most minor and householder applications or ten working days for major applications.

When valid applications are later found to be invalid the original start date will be disregarded and a new start date defined on receipt of the correct documentation (para. 42 Circular 02/08). This may require the submission of an entirely new application under the terms of S327A of the Town and Country Planning Act. In the absence of case law to govern the use of this statutory provision, it will be used prudently.

Building works may require separate Building Regulations approval before the start of the works.

If plans are available online for recently submitted applications you may also view them and make comments on them. There is further information which explains how you can submit views on a planning application.

Please bear in mind that any information you send to the Council in respect of applications for planning permission will normally be published on our public website and therefore will be viewable by anyone via the Internet. If you consider any information to be "personally sensitive" (e.g. ex-directory phone numbers, etc.), please do not put such sensitive information in any documents you submit to the Council. This also applies to any type of communication about an application (e.g. letters, emails, etc.) sent to the Council from neighbours or other interested parties.

When completing planning application forms. Personally sensitive information (e.g. phone numbers and emails) should only be provided on the contact details page of the National Planning Application Form which is not published.

If you have a specific query about a current planning application for a particular address your query will be dealt with by the case officer who is dealing with the application. You can find out the name and telephone number of the relevant case officer by using our PublicAccess service or by phoning a planning support officer on 01483 743843.

When the application details are available online you can also visit the Civic Offices between 9am to 4.45pm, Mondays to Fridays (Bank Holidays excluded) to view them at one of our public terminals. A member of our Customer Service Team will be available to assist you.

We no longer provide paper copies of forms, letters and plans submitted.

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Meetings of the Planning Committee

You can view online calendar lists of Council committee meetings, including the Planning Committee:

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Planning appeals

Visit the Planning Inspectorate for the following:

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National Planning Portal

We link to the National Planning Portal, which is part of the common vision for improving the planning process in England and Wales. The Planning Portal provides guidance and information about making planning applications, as well as resources for study and research.

The main parts of the Planning Portal are:

  • guide to the planning process: offers a brief introduction to the planning system and some explanation of what planning is for and why it is important; intended for both householders and business people and explains why planning controls are necessary and how decisions are made
  • application forms: the Council accepts applications submitted online using the Portal. You can also use the online applications service to produce a site location plan to accompany your application
  • appeal: if you seek permission to carry out works to your property and your application isn't decided within a set period, or you get a decision from your local council that you disagree with, you have a right to appeal.
  • research: this section of the Portal is intended to help professional planners, lawyers, students, academics and others with an in-depth interest in town and country planning. Includes current legislation and National Planning Policy Guidance.