The Applications Process
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 amendment.
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 days.
If consent has been refused then you may appeal against this decision to the Secretary of State although it is advisable to contact us again to see if your proposal can be altered to make it acceptable.