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Guide to Making an Application
Once you have established whether you need planning permission, the next stage is to fill in an application form. You can apply online. Further information is on our how do I apply page.
Our forms are available online along with guidance notes and checklists to ensure you have all the information you need. if you are unsure if you will get planning permission you can apply for pre application advice
A fee and an equalities monitoring form are also required.
If you cannot fill in the planning application form or do not understand the guidance notes, please contact us
This depends on what your development is there are types of permissions. you may need as well as planning permission.
Yes, as long as all the information and plans are clearly provided. Alternatively you can have someone such as an architect or surveyor as your agent. They will fill in the forms and prepare the necessary drawings for you. They will charge a fee. If your application is straightforward you may be able to do the drawings yourself. However, they must comply with our planning checklists.
When we receive your application we will send you an acknowledgement letter (usually within three to ten working days depending on the size of the application). Keep this letter as it is also a receipt for your fee and tells you the reference number for your application and the date by which we should make a decision.If we do not have all the information we need, we will write and tell you.
To avoid delay at the start of the process make sure you submit everything we need. Please note if you are using an agent we will always contact him/her about your application.
The planning officer dealing with your application will visit your property to make sure that the drawings you have sent us are correct and to make sure what you want to do is acceptable. If we need to see you at your house, we will make an appointment.
If you wish to check on the progress of your application at any time please contact us You can also monitor the progress of your application on planning online just keep you reference number handy.
We will tell any neighbours who we think may be affected by what you want to do. We will give them 21 days to make comments. It is always a good idea to advise your neighbours of your plans before you make an application. For some applications we may ask other Council Departments and other bodies for their views.
Your application will also be available to view on this website. You can view all applications and appeals submitted to us using planning online
We will deal with your application as quickly as possible. We try to deal with applications from householders within 8 weeks. Larger and more complicated applications can take longer. To find out how your application is progressing you can during office hours phone the number on your acknowledgement letter. Please have the reference number to handapplication.
You can also track the progress of an application from registration to determination on planning online
We assess your application, taking into account policy guidelines, site features and any comments made by people we have advised of your application. We decide whether to recommend the application for approva or refusal.If your application is straightforward and meets our policies, the final decision will probably be made by the Director of Planning and Regeneration. Most applications (about 90%) are dealt with in this way.
If your proposal is complex, there have been a substantial number of objections to it, or if there are serious problems which we have been unable to sort out, the decision on your application will usually be taken by the Planning Committee.
A decision notice giving the decision on your application will be sent within 3 days of a decision being made. Decision notices are also available to view on Planning Online.
If your application is approved, there may be certain conditions that you have to comply with. These could include submitting details of the materials you want to use. You must comply with any conditions before you begin the work.
You must carry out the work exactly as shown on the approved plans. Normally, work must be started within 3 to 5 years depending on the date your application. If work is not carried out during this timescale the approval will lapse and you will have to apply again
If you want to make any changes to the plans that have been approved, you must contact us with the details before starting work. We will then write to you to say whether the changes are acceptable as minor amendments to your original application, or whether you will need to apply for planning permission again.
If your application is refused you will be told the reasons why on the decision notice. You may want to make an appointment with us to discuss whether a different proposal might be acceptable.
If you are still unhappy you can appeal against the decision to the Planning Inspectorate.
Any appeal must be made within 12 weeks or 6 months of the date of the decision, depending on the type of application. Advice on how to appeal is sent to you with the decision notice.
Last Updated : 10th October 2013