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The Planning Process

The information on these pages give an overview of the entire planning process. From here you can access pages that explain each step of the way.

How does the planning process work?


Whilst there is no statutory requirement to seek pre application advice, Local Authorities can play an important role in helping applicants get their proposals right, through meetings and discussions before an application is made.


This page outlines what happens once we receive your application - the validation process.


Details of the Consultation Process & Publicity of Planning Applications are available from this page.


Anyone is entitled to make representations / comment on a planning application. We normally allow 21 days for comments to be made from the date the application is publicised.


Approximately 80% of all planning applications received by the Council are granted permission, a significant number of which are approved following some form of negotiation.


The case officer handling the application will visit the site of the proposed development to make a careful assessment of the proposal and consider the impact it would have on the surrounding area and any neighbouring properties. Photographs of the site will often be taken from a number of angles for future reference.


If you are required to provide amended plans, we expect them to be provided within 14 days. Applicants submitting amended plans can include new information and/or additional plans to supplement the originals. Four copies of all material relating to the amendment will be required (unless otherwise stated).


After the consultation period has expired for an application, the case officer will complete a full evaluation of the application and agree the appropriate decision level for the application.


Applications may be determined after the conclusion of the 21 day statutory public notification period.


In certain circumstances, planning applications are referred to Committee for a decision.


We aim to notify the applicant (or their agent, where an agent is used) of all decisions made within 3 working days of our decision.


This page contains details of your options after a decision on your planning application has been made.