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How we deal with a planning application

Timescales for decision

We will try to make a decision on householder and other minor or straight forward applications within eight weeks. Most of these applications will not be presented to the planning committee, so do not need to be scheduled to the next available planning committee and as a result, dealt with more quickly.

Major applications normally take up to 13 weeks and applications where an Environmental Impact Assessment is submitted will take up to 16 weeks. Most major applications are complex and will normally be presented to planning committee.

Many applications take less than these timescales but more complex applications can take much longer, particularly if a Section 106 Legal Agreement is to be formulated.

When plans are altered, either following advice from the case officer or a change of mind by the applicant, the decision may take longer.

If we cannot make a decision within the deadline, we can ask for the applicant's permission to extend the timescale. 

Making a 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.

Appeal 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 appealing against a planning decision

Planning Inspectorate 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 you 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 you may wish to set out the details you would like the LPA to consider by use the standard Application Form on thelanning Portal

How long it takes 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 we 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.