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Planning application process

Planning application process

Stages of an application

A typical planning application is determined within 8 weeks in line with the points below:

  • Application received and validated against the requirements of the validation checklist
  • Consultations sent to internal or external consultees, local councils, councillors and direct neighbours of the site as per our Statement of Community Involvement
  • Planning Officer visits the site and assesses the application against planning policy, taking into account comments from residents and consultees
  • Planning Officer agrees recommendation with line manager and prepares report explaining this
  • A decision is issued either approving the application with conditions or refusing the application

Further information about the application process can be found in the National Planning Policy Guidance. 

Common queries

Answers to common questions are set out below:

  • An application can include more than one building operation e.g. a single storey rear and single storey side extension
  • You should not start work before receiving planning permission. If an application is refused and work has started, enforcement action may be taken against you
  • An application may be approved even if the development appears to occupy the neighbouring site. This does not give any permission for an applicant to enter that site
  • A small number of applications may be decided by the Planning Committee. As an applicant, you will be notified if this is the case
  • To find out more about the appeal process visit appeal planning decision
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