The Planning Process

These pages will guide you through how to make a planning application:

  1. Find out if you need planning permission
  2. Apply for planning permission
  3. The planning process (see below)
  4. Appeals

Once an application has been made and the correct fee submitted, it will follow the process outlined below:

  • Validation - The application is checked against the national and local requirements to ensure everything has been submitted that should have been.
  • Neighbour and consultee notification period - The public and statutory consultees are notified of the application during a consultation period of 3 weeks. During this time, objections and supporting comments can be submitted.
  • Consideration - The application is allocated to an Officer who considers the details submitted and reviews any comments received during the consultation period. The Officer will prepare a report in which they recommend the application for approval or refusal.
  • Application review - The decision is either made at this stage, or the application is referred to Planning Committee for a decision. Some applications are required to be determined by the Planning Committee, including those for major development sites and applications which have been ‘called in’ by councillors for determination by the relevant planning committee. You can find out more about Planning Committee on our website.
  • Decision is issued - The target dates in which planning applications should be determined by are shown below:
    • 8 weeks for householder and minor development
    • 13 weeks if an application is for a major development
    • 16 weeks if an application is subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment

    Please note that applications can take longer than these targets if an alternative determination date is agreed with the applicant or their agent.

    You can check the current status of applications on the View and Comment page of our website.