Stages 2 and 3: submitting, validating, evaluation and site visit

Stage 2: submitting and validation

Can someone check my plans before I submit?

A duty planning officer is available between the hours of 10am – 12 noon and 2pm – 4pm, Monday to Friday. They can check your application before you submit it.

They are available for all general enquiries and operate on a first come, first served basis, so you may have wait to see an officer.

What do you do with my application when you receive it?

Upon receipt of your application, all documents are scanned to the Council’s document management system. We will then review the application to confirm that all required information has been supplied and that the correct fee has been received.

If any information is missing, or there is no fee, the application will be made invalid and we will write to you within 5 days of receiving the application and ask you to supply this additional information. You will have 28 days to supply the information. If it is not supplied within this timeframe the application will be returned to you and no further action will be taken.

If all information has been provided, we will write to you confirming the application is valid, give you a unique reference number and advise you the name of the planning officer who will assess your application.

We aim to assess and determine householder planning applications within 8 weeks of the valid date.

Stage 3: evaluation and site visit

If my neighbour objects will the application be refused?

Whilst we consider any comments made by affected neighbours, the objection of a neighbour does not mean that we will refuse the application. Equally, the support of a neighbour does not mean we will approve the application. All applications must be considered on their merits and we must consider how the development will affect current and future occupiers of a property. Your personal relationship with your neighbour is not a consideration when assessing the application.

Once a decision has been made, any neighbour who has commented on the application will be sent a letter outlining the details of our decision, including any conditions.

Why do you need to visit my property?

We aim to visit all properties against which applications are received. We do this so that we can be sure we understand the development and how it affects the area within which it is located.

We will either contact you to arrange a time for this visit, or we may arrive unannounced. If you prefer to schedule a visit, please contact us.

Page updated on: 3 August 2019

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