What happens after you make a planning application

Step 1 - Registering the application

If your application is correct and we have all the required documentation, we will register your application and send you a letter confirming this.

If your application is incorrect we will contact you for further information.

Step 2 - Processing the application

After registering your application we will consult with interested organisations and publish your application (in accordance with our publicity code) on this website, in local newspapers or by site notices.

Download Publicity for planning applications [PDF, 133KB]

Step 3 - Visiting the site

We will normally visit the site to assess the impact of your proposal on your property, your neighbour's property and the surrounding area.

Step 4 - Negotiating amendments

We will contact you if there are any amendments required, although there may some circumstances where amendments cannot be achieved.

Step 5 - Reporting and recommending

We will prepare a report and recommendation. For most applications, this is considered by a senior planning officer but the Planning Committee considers the larger or more sensitive applications.

Step 6 - Making a decision

Once a decision has been made you will be issued with a decision notice. Permission will be granted, granted with conditions, or refused. You can appeal the decision if it is refused or there are conditions attached which you do not agree with. Visit the Planning Portal for more information on how decisions are made and how conditions and obligations (Section 106 agreements) are applied.