Step 1 - Registering your application
The first thing we do is to check that the forms, plans, associated douments and fee are complete. Once complete, it is accepted as valid so we can begin to process it. View validation guidance for advice on what to include with your application.
Once details of your application are entered on the planning register, they are open for inspection by the public at any of the local planning offices. Applications may also be viewed online using the Application search facility.
Step 2 - Keeping you informed
When we have all the correct information, we will write to you (or your agent if you have one) to acknowledge your application. We will let you know the date of registration, which planning officer is dealing with it and the target date for the decision to be made.
Step 3 - Advertising your application
After it is registered, we will consult people about your application. We will write to nearby residents and/or post notices around the proposed site; we may also advertise it in the press. This process is explained further in Consultation and publicity
Step 4 - Considering your application
We consider your application in line with local planning policies, all other planning considerations and any results from the consultation process. Any material considerations will be taken into account in making the decision.
If we have concerns about your proposal but think they could be resolved, we will usually try to contact you to discuss this or suggest possible changes. You have the option at any stage to withdraw your application in writing to give you time to resolve any concerns; soemtimes an amended application may be made free of charge. Please contact the planning officer dealing with your application if you want to discuss this.
Step 5 - Deciding your application
The Government has assigned a target date of 8 weeks for determining most planning applications and 13 weeks for most major applications. We do our best to make decision in these timescales but sometimes decisions can take longer. Where no objections are received, the applications can normally be determined by Planning; these are known as delegated decisions. Other applications (including where representations are made), must be decided by the Development Control Committee, made up of local councillors.
The planning officer dealing with your application will let you know when to expect a decision. See also guidance on the decision notice.