Processing a planning application

Once we have received your application, we will allocate it to a planning officer. They will look after the application from start to finish and their contact details will appear on all correspondence. Find out how we process planning applications: 

Acknowledging receipt

The planning officer will send you a letter containing:

  • unique reference number for your application 
  • target date for our decision on your application
  • advisory information

If information is missing from your application, the officer will issue a formal request. For example, they may ask for: 

  • design and access statements or other supporting statements
  • details of drainage arrangements
  • information on proposed private water supplies (if applicable)
  • drainage impact assessments or flood risk assessments
  • bat survey or tree survey

You will have 28 days to provide this information or we may refuse your application. 

Once validated, we will publish details of the application on the public access register where anyone can comment on it.

Assessment and decision  

The planning officer will: 

  • visit the site
  • review your proposal against relevant planning policies
  • check that you have provided all the required information
  • organise consultations with other internal and external services as necessary
  • take valid comments into consideration

Once the officer has completed the full review of your proposal, they will make a recommendation for the decision. 

Planning officers deal with most applications but it is sometimes necessary to refer it to local councillors, the area committee or another committee for consideration. View our Scheme of Governance for more information on the decision process for all types of developments.

We aim to make a decision within 2 months of receiving your valid application for household and local developments (this timescale differs for major and national developments). We will then send you a letter accepting or refusing your application. 

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