How is my application dealt with?
How long does it take to deal with applications?
SLDC aims to determine all applications within its target
of eight weeks. Many applications can be dealt with
quicker than this, but in some cases, particularly where amendments
are required, or an application is to be determined by the Planning
Committee, it can take longer.
What's the process of an application?
The council aims to acknowledge applications within three
working days. If more details are needed, further information
will be requested by letter. Processing of the application
will not begin until adequate details are received. A case
officer will be assigned to the application and you will be
notified of their contact details.
Is there any consultation?
The relevant parish council, neighbours and various other
consultees will be notified in writing that your application has
been received. Generally speaking, consultees should
reply by three weeks. A notice will be displayed near to
the site to notify the public of your proposals. This notice
should remain in place for three weeks.
A decision will generally be made under delegated powers.
This means the Development Management Group Manager will
decide on the application based on planning policy and guidance,
information supplied by the applicant, planning officers and
consultation responses received. However, in some cases the
application will be determined by the
planning committee. This path is usually taken where an
application is controversial or complex.
How do I appeal if my application is refused?
Any applicant has a right to appeal against any refusal for
planning permission. An appeal can also be lodged against a
condition imposed upon a planning permission. Further
information on is available on the appeals page of this website and on the Planning
Please note that
under the current planning legislation there is no third party
right of appeal by objectors against a decision.
Requests for Confirmation of Compliance with Planning
Following recent changes to the Planning Legislation, the Local
Planning Authority (LPA) is now obliged to charge for written
confirmation that one or more conditions imposed on the same
planning permission has been complied with.
How much does it cost?
The fee is £25 per request for householder permissions and £85
for any other form of permission. Cheques should be made
payable to South Lakeland District Council, or if you prefer you
can make credit / debit card payments - phone 717370.
What information do I need to provide?
The request should identify the permission and the conditions
concerned. The request can be made in any written form which
is clear and legible. Alternatively applicants may wish to
use the standard Application Form (found on the Planning Portal
website) to set out the details they would like the LPA to
How long will it take to receive a
The LPA will aim to respond to any written request within 21
days from its receipt. However, a longer period may be
required if the LPA has to obtain evidence or confirmation from a
third party, such as a statutory consultee.
If the LPA cannot give confirmation within 12 weeks from
receipt then the fee will be refunded.
What happens if the Council refuse to provide
If the LPA considers that a condition has not yet been
complied with then you will receive a letter, which sets out what
additional works or information are required. Any further
submissions as a result of such a letter will be dealt with as part
of the same request and no additional fee will be charged.
You should note
that if you revise the details once a condition has been discharged
then this will be dealt with as a new request and an additional fee
will be required.