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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.

The decision

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 Inspectorate website. 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 Conditions

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.

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 consider.

How long will it take to receive a decision?

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 confirmation?

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:

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.