About the application process

We consider each planning application on its own merits.

In the majority of cases, if an application meets our policies and standards and follows government guidance, planning permission is usually granted.

Once we receive an application, it is assigned to a case officer and consultation can begin.

People involved in the consultation have up to 21 days to share their views and some applications may also be publicised in local newspapers or on notices around the site.

A site visit will be carried out by the case officer who will assess the proposals. If changes are needed, the case officer will discuss these with the applicant or their agent.

The decision

We will then consider all the information from the application - along with any possible comments received from those involved in the consultation period - before reaching a recommendation on whether planning permission will be granted or not.

  • Decisions on most applications are usually made within 6-8 weeks.

A decision on the majority of applications is made by planning officers, however some applications are decided by the planning committee which meets every four weeks to discuss and decide on applications. These meetings are open to the public.

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