After an application is submitted

The processing of a planning application involves several stages:

  • A check is carried out to ensure the forms are properly completed, plans have been included and clearly show what is proposed, the owner and/or leaseholder of the property (if not the applicant) has been notified, a design and access statement has been submitted (where necessary) and the correct fee has been paid.
  • We consult with people according to our Statement of Community Involvement. In general we inform people who might be affected, which usually includes anyone who shares a boundary with the application site.
  • Advertisements are placed in newspapers or notices are put up in appropriate places, if necessary - see Statement of Community Involvement
  • We may consult with other bodies and statutory consultees e.g. the Highways Authority, Natural England, English Heritage, depending on the type of application.
  • One of our planning officers will visit the site.
  • If any major changes happen after this visit, further consultations may be carried out.
  • The application will then be decided by the Borough Council’s Development Control Committee or by the Head of Planning and Place Shaping (see planning considerations). If an application is considered by Committee, anyone can attend, but only Councillors and Council staff can speak at the meeting.
  • A decision notice is sent to the applicant (or agent) and anyone who commented on the application will be notified of the decision.
  • Anyone has the right to ask the Borough Council for more information and to comment on a proposal.
  • Progress of current applications can be tracked online: Blueprint website.

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