Planning applications

Important notice relating to pre-application planning advice

Due to unforeseen circumstances relating to staff absences, we are currently unable to offer our planning advice service until further notice.  We will be concentrating our efforts on dealing with planning applications.  We hope to resume the service as soon as possible. If you require general advice please search the pages of this website, or further information is also available at   We apologise for any inconvenience.

(23 July 2018).

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Before submitting a Planning Application

Getting the right advice early can save you time, money and significantly improve your chances of gaining planning permission. You can obtain planning advice from an architect, planning consultant or our planning team.

You can also learn more about the planning process on our website by:

> reading our FAQs for answers to common planning questions

> reading our planning policies and guidance to familiarise yourself with policies relevant to your proposal

Submitting a Planning Application

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The Planning Portal is the UK's central planning website where you can find everything you need to submit a planning application, including forms, fees and guidance.

If you cannot submit your application online via the Planning Portal, paper forms are available to download and submit.

Detailed advice on making a planning application and the details that need to accompany it can be found by reading our Local Validation Checklist.

Thinking of submitting a planning application?

If so take a look at our revised checklist to ensure you include everything we require to make the process as smooth as possible. Our new Planning Validation Guide is now out for consultation for the next 4 weeks; we would appreciate any views or comments - please email them to

Don’t forget if you want pre-application advice on your ideas why not use our planning advice service or speak to one of our Planning Officers.

After submitting a Planning Application

We aim to make a decision on your planning application within 8 weeks or 13 weeks for a major application.

Sometimes the Authority may have to extend this period, for example if a lot of people are affected by the proposed development, it is very complicated or needs to be determined by the Development Management Committee. You will be notified of this in advance.

Development Management Committee

> View our calendar to see upcoming Development Management Committee Meetings  

> View agendas, minutes and reports related to upcoming and previous Development Management Committees


If your planning application has been refused or has been approved with conditions you aren't happy with, you should always speak to us in the first case.  

It may be that an amended application with some changes will be acceptable, in which case you can use the Planning Portal to amend and resubmit your application in most cases for no additional cost.

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If, after discussing your case with us, you do not agree with the planning decision you have received you can appeal the decision online via the Planning Inspectorate's Appeals Portal.