Decisions are either delegated decisions or are decided by Committee. The Head of Planning has delegated powers to decide more straightforward cases, and those where no objections are received. Delegated decisions are also taken on the following
- Prior approvals to determine whether an application is required or not
- Work to trees covered by a Tree Preservation Order or in a Conservation area; Hedgerow Retention Notices
- Consent to display advertisements
Applications may also be referred to Development Control Committee for a decision. These include contentious and/or complex applications; any which may significantly affect the character or amenity of the area, any application submitted by a Councillor or member of staff, any where material objections have been received to the application, or those where the decision does not accord with policy e.g the Local Plan.
Once the decision is made, the Council issues a formal decision notice clearly stating whether permission is granted or refused. About 85% of applications are approved and many are subject to conditions. All applicants have a right of appeal against a refusal or conditions imposed that they do not agree with. Notes on how to appeal any decision are included on the decision notice. There is no third party right of appeal. Unless otherwise stated, development can begin at any time within 3 or 5 years of the date of the permission depending on when permission was granted, although details set out in the conditions must be agreed beforehand.
Often other approvals are also needed before work can start, e.g. covenants on a property, or Building Regulations. If these approvals introduce significant changes to a scheme a new planning permission may be needed.
Decision Notices and the conditions and reasons attached to each are available online since January 2005, and you can also view Decision Notices and Officer reports to Committee from then. These are available as downloads attached to each application and also from the Development Control Committee agenda.
Click on the link below to go to the Planning Applications search page. Here you can search by application number, list the applications between two dates or by street name.
Contact Housing and Development:
Tel: 01282 425011
Fax: 01282 450594
Office address: Housing and Development, Contact Centre First Floor, 9 Parker Lane, Burnley BB11 2BY