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Planning applications

The planning applications service is run by Development Management. It deals with the day-to-day decisions of individual applications for planning permission, and ensures that they are consistent with the adopted policies and guidance.

Please note: we are currently experiencing delays of around three weeks in the validation of planning applications. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused. This will not affect the statutory time period for determining applications, which will remain from the date of valid receipt. Once validated, we will send an acknowledgement letter in the normal way.

Local validation requirements

We require the submission of certain documents for planning applications to be valid. The Government has a list of national requirements and we have adopted local level requirements.

Adobe PDF icon Local Validation requirements (PDF 306 KB)

We will not be validating planning applications without the Community Infrastructure Levy additional information forms. Further information can be found on our CIL page.

Development Management Committee

Not all planning applications are reported to our Development Management Committee. If the application is not contentious and falls within our Scheme of Delegation, it will be decided by the Development Manager.

In other cases, the application will be reported to the Development Management Committee (made up of local Councillors), which sits on a three-week cycle. The committee will then decide on the application. Agents, applicants and interested members of the public can register to speak at the Development Management Committee about any application they have an interest in.