Planning Process Explained

Application submission

Once we have received an application, it is checked to make sure that all the details are correct and the documents needed have been included.

If the application is correct the details are entered onto our application system. At this stage, a period of consultation and publicity of the application starts.

The application details are placed in a planning register, advertised in the local press and, when necessary, with a site notice. The Case Officer will also send out notification letters to statutory consultees. Neighbours who are deemed to be impacted by the application are also sent notification letters.

Once the application is validated the application can be viewed online.

Comments on an application can be made within 21 days from the start of publicity. These need to be in writing to be considered as a part of the decision process.

Anyone can comment on an application by using the planning application search, by email or by post.

The type and size of an application will influence how long it takes to make a decision but we aim to process the majority of planning applications within eight weeks.

Major applications, such as large housing developments, are usually determined within 13 weeks.

The application is assessed by the Case Officer and any further consultations/negotiations will be carried out. A recommendation is then prepared.

Deciding an application

For relatively simple applications, a decision can be made once the statutory consultation period has passed. This may vary from between 21 and 28 days depending on the consultations and/or publicity that was required for the application. These are normally decided by the Case Officer.

Planning Committee

More complex applications are generally determined by the Planning Committee, which meets every four weeks. It is made up of elected Members who listen to the views of the public and the reports of the Case Officers. A decision will then follow a debate between Members on the application. Public speaking is allowed at these committees.

Planning Committee is a public meeting. If there is an application you are interested in you are welcome to watch that committee meeting. Visit our committee papers to find details of applications decided through the committee process.

Once a decision is made, a decision notice will be forwarded to the applicant or their agent. It will clearly explain the decision, including the reason for any conditions.

Last updated 29 May 2020
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