How we deal with planning applications
Applications have to be legally valid, include clear plans, and be accompanied by the correct fee. The Validation Guidance document sets out which documents are required to accompany planning applications.
Parish or Town Councils, neighbours adjoining the site, and other relevant organisations are consulted. Site and press notices may also be displayed or published.
A planning officer will visit the site and, once the consultation period has closed, prepare a report considering all observations received and relevant planning policies. Planning policies include the Local Plan and Supplementary Planning Documents as well as the National Planning Policy Framework.
More than 90% of applications can be clearly decided against planning policies and these are determined by senior council officers. Major applications and those that are contentious or finely balanced may be decided by elected Councillors at the Development Control Committee which you can attend.
The majority of planning applications are dealt with in less than 8 weeks but the more complicated can take 13 weeks, or more in a minority of cases.
Last updated: 7th February 2013