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.