When an application is received, it is checked for
completeness, including the correct forms and drawings, and the
appropriate fee. Incorrect applications will be returned for
Normally within 3 working days, the application is
acknowledged and you will receive confirmation of the case officer.
The application is then entered onto the Planning Register with a
unique number, and becomes a public document available for viewing
at the Town Hall or on the Councils website. At this stage
neighbours are informed, consultees are notified, and site/press
notices displayed where necessary.
The case officer visits the site and assesses the proposal in
light of current policies and guidance, and the comments received
from neighbours and consultees. Where appropriate, changes to the
plans will be requested.
Applications can be determined by the Planning Committee or by
a senior officer (known as a Delegated decision). In cases where
there are significant objections, or someone has requested to speak
at the committee the application will be placed on the committee
agenda. The case officer prepares a report, including a recommended
decision and any conditions where appropriate, and this is verified
by senior staff.
Proposals that raise no adverse issues can be delegated solely
to officers, or in consultation with the Planning Panel, a small
group of Members.
Once a decision has been made, the decision notice and a copy
of the plans will be returned to you, normally within three