The Planning Process

The following section will explain more about how the planning process works and how the Local Planning Authority will process your application.

Top Ten Tips

1. Get Pre-application Advice to establish what the main issues are likely to be;

2. Speak to your neighbours and Parish Council before you submit your application;

3. Do your homework - make sure your proposal complies with other relevant legislation, for example Building Regulations;

4. Check if you need any surveys, for example Protected Species, Structural work or Contamination (these issues should be highlighted if you use the pre-application service);

5. Ensure your plans do not infringe copyright - you can buy location or block plans through the Planning Portal;

6. Check all plans are accurate and to a recognised scale;

7. Use the Validation Checklist (pdf) to ensure you have provided the correct supporting information;

8. Provide as much detail as possible & be honest about why you are applying. If you are able to provide details such as windows, door & materials then this will reduce the number of potential conditions.

9. If you are required to enter into a s106 agreement, instruct your solicitor early on in the process;

10. Contact your agent or planning officer - if changes are needed, the sooner they can be identified the easier it will be to make changes within the agreed timescales.