Planning applications FAQs
Understanding the Planning process
What happens once I have sent in my application?
Once we have received your application, we will make sure we have all the details we need. We will then send you or your agent an acknowledgement letter or email, providing a date by which we aim to issue a decision, and the application number. If we need more information, we will write to you or your agent. Applications will be returned if we do not receive the necessary information within the required timescale (3 weeks).
How long does it take before a decision is made?
Once a householder application has been validated, you will normally get a decision within eight weeks. This is dependent on officers’ workload, consultee responses, amendments and correspondence with agents and architects. Where possible, the council will ask for amendments to address any concerns. In these cases, an extension of time may be required as it is unlikely that a decision will be made within 8 weeks.
The statutory time for determination of major applications is 13 weeks or 16 weeks if an environmental impact assessment has been submitted. However, similar to householder applications, where possible, the council will ask for amendments to address any concerns. In these cases, an extension of time may be required as it is unlikely that a decision will be made within 13 or 16 weeks.
Who do you consult with?
Adjoining neighbours must be consulted on applications. A site notice is placed near the site to notify the public of the application it is not possible to send out individual letters to neighbours. In addition to neighbours, technical, statutory consultees may be required to comment on applications, for example Historic England, Natural England, Highways etc. All comments received will be considered before making a decision on an application.
Where can I view applications and how long do I have to comment on a planning application?
All applications and plans can be viewed on our website. You have 21 days from the date of your letter or the site notice (whichever is longer) in which to make your comments. To view and comment on planning applications please use this link
How long does planning permission last for?
In the vast majority of cases building work has to be started within three years of the permission being granted. Works granted for trees in a conservation area or works to trees with a tree preservation order last for 2 years.
My application has been refused. What can I do?
You can consider whether to amend your application and re-apply for planning permission. Or applicants can appeal to the Secretary of State within 8 weeks of the date of the decision for advertisements, 12 weeks for householder proposals or six months in most other cases. You can find more information using this link. The Planning Inspectorate provide further information on appeals.
How can I make amendments to my planning application?
You can sometimes make changes to your planning application after it has been submitted but before the decision is made, you can find out more information using this link.
If you want to make any changes to approved plans, then you should contact us with the details before starting work, as any amendment to the approved scheme will require permission.
The type of application required will depend on the scale of change you are proposing.
Please follow this link for further information