Make a planning application

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Before you make a planning application


1. Draw up your plans

You can use an architect or surveyor to draw up your plans and submit the application for you. Check they are registered with a recognised professional body:


2. Check the consents needed and get pre-application advice

You can get pre-application advice from a planning officer. They will let you know what might be acceptable.


3. Visit your neighbours and show them the plans 

This can often avoid conflict at a later stage.

Are you and your neighbour thinking about carrying out building work to both your properties? You can apply together. We may ask you to build and complete at the same time.

Sometimes, unless the works are completed together there will be issues surrounding light and amenity to the neighbours. In these cases, you will be asked to complete a concurrent build section 106 obligation. This is a signed agreement that you and your neighbours will build at the same time:


4. Check nearby trees

Could trees be damaged by:

  • vehicles knocking the trunk or branches?
  • ground compaction (from driving or storage) and excavations over roots?

If yes or maybe, we have some advice:

Trees within development sites 


5. Speak to your Local District Councillor 

Often they can give you advice on the process or speak on your behalf. 

However, councillors who sit on a planning committee can only make up their minds on the works when they make a decision on the application.


6. Check the information we need

There is a separate application form, help/guidance note and validation checklist for each type of application. Applications can be submitted online.

In most cases, we need:

  • completed application form (including ownership certificate);
  • the information requested on the validation checklist; 
  • a fee.


7. Complete your application and send it to us 

When we receive your application, we check it to ensure we have everything we need. If we do, we will send out a letter stating the reference number. You can track progress on your application online using this number.

If we do not, we will ask for more information. We cannot process an application until all the necessary information and the correct fee are received.

If an architect or surveyor has submitted an application on your behalf, all correspondence will be sent to them. We will also contact them with any questions or updates during the process.


8. How long does it take to obtain consent?

At present, we are dealing with around:

  • 90% of householder applications within 8 weeks 
  • 90% of minor applications (e.g. 1 to 9 new homes) within 12 weeks
  • 100% of major applications (e.g. over 10 new homes) within 20 weeks


9. What happens next?

Please see What Happens to Your Application for full details.

Date of last review: 15 May 2017