Planning Development

How to apply and the application process

How to apply

Some types of development do not need planning permission. This is called a Permitted Development. The Planning Portal provides guidance on what is a permitted development or you can use our pre-application advice service.

If planning permission is needed you can complete an online application on the Planning Portal. To help you apply the Planning Portal provides guidance on the application process.

When you submit your application you will need to make sure you provide the correct information so it can be validated. Incorrect or missing information will delay your application. More details on the validation and national information requirements can be found in the national planning practice guidance. Information on local requirements can be found in our local list of requirements.

We always recommend you complete an online application. However, the Planning Portal also have downloadable applications. These can be printed out, completed and sent to us by post.

Application process

Once your application has been submitted it will go through the following stages:


Once your application has been submitted on the Planning Portal and we have been notified, or we receive the paper application we will assign a case officer.


We check that all forms have been correctly filled in, signed and dated. We check that the site location plan is to scale, has been outlined in red and matches site maps on our system. All drawings and plans are checked to ensure they meet the national and local requirements. If any additional information is needed, we will contact you.


An acknowledgement letter is sent to the applicant/agent detailing the expected decision date. A letter is sent to all statutory consultees, such as Natural England and the Environment Agency. The application will be advertised in a local paper. Depending on the type of application, a site notice will be displayed near to the site or notification sent to immediate neighbours.


The case officer will assess the application. Sometimes you may be asked to make changes. Your application will be decided under delegated powers unless it meets the reasons set out in the Council’s Code of Practice for Members and Officers Dealing with Planning Matters for it to be heard by the Planning Committee.

Details of the planning committee, meetings, and agendas and reports can be found on Modern Gov.


We aim to decide householder and minor applications within eight weeks and major applications within thirteen weeks. There may be times where this is not possible, and we may ask you to agree to an extension of time for your decision.

If your application is approved please:

  • check any conditions
  • comply with all the conditions
  • contact the case officer who dealt with the application if you are unclear about any of the conditions
  • submit any further information if you are asked to do so or are required to by conditions detailed in the decision notice. This further information should be submitted explaining what conditions you are seeking to discharge along with the application form.

If your application is refused you can: