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How is my application dealt with?

How long does it take to deal with applications?

Our target is to make a decision within eight weeks.  Many applications can be dealt with quicker than this, but in some cases, particularly where amendments are required, or an application goes to the Planning Committee, it can take longer.

What's the process of an application?

We aim to acknowledge applications within five working days.

If more details are needed, we will ask for more information by letter. The letter will be sent by email if an email address is given.

We can't start to process your application until we have all the information we need. 

A case officer will be assigned to your application and you will be given 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 you, planning officers and the consultation responses received.  

However, in some cases the application will go to the planning committee.  This path is usually taken where an application is controversial or complex.

How do I appeal if my application is refused?

You have 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 appeals is available from us, the Planning Inspectorate offer information on appeals.

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.