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Making a Planning Application

As part of our ongoing commitment to reduce our impact on the environment we are encouraging you to submit your planning application online via the Planning Portal.

Applying onlinePlanning Portal





"The Planning Portal is the UK Government's online planning and building regulations resource for England and Wales. Use this site to learn about planning and building regulations, apply for planning permission, find out about development near you, appeal against a decision and research government policy..."


The Benefits of Applying Online:

  • We will receive your application instantly and can begin to check it earlier
  • You do not need to submit numerous copies of forms and plans
  • You can pay the application fee online through the Portal
  • You will save time and money spent on printing/copying costs
  • You will help the environment by using less paper

To submit your planning application online, please click on the above link, which states: Click here to make a planning application


Alternatively, you can download the forms from the link below:

      -Click here to Download an planning application form (External Webpage) 


Things to consider

Planning Officers consider a number of things when considering planning applications.  These include;

  • Local, Regional & National policies
  • Government guidance
  • The individual merits of the proposal
  • Site context

By focussing on these points, Planners can ensure that development in the Borough is directed in the public's interest


Planning Applications must be determined in accordance with local and national policy, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

It is advisable that you consider these policies when making your application.



Pre Application Enquiries

We always encourage Pre-Application discussions with our Planning Officers, to offer key advice before an application is formally submitted, to help get things right first time.

Further information on our Pre Application Enquiry Service can be found by clicking here


What do I need to submit?

The requirements for a planning application varies depending on the proposal.

For a standard planning application you will need to submit the following documents:

  • Application Form
  • Design & Access Statement
  • Block Plan
  • Existing & Proposed Plans & Elevations
  • Location Plan - Must be to scale, at either 1:1250 or 1:2500, Must include a North Point, Must have at least one and wherever possible 2 road names, Must have at least three properties identified by name/number, Must be on an A4 sheet or an equivalent size when on a larger sheet
  • All relevant items on the Local Validation Checklist

For detailed information and guidance on specific requirements, please refer to the links below:

- Local Validation Checklist PDF Acrobat

- Design & Access Statements (External Link)

- Climate Change Statements PDF Acrobat


If you aren't submitting your application online, you will need to send us two copies of your completed planning application forms, required documents and plans by post or drop them into the Main Reception at the Town Hall.

To ensure your application is dealt with efficiently, please ensure that you submit all the necessary information.

It is important to note that where an application is incomplete and where additional information is requested but not submitted within the prescribed timescale, applications will be formally invalidated or abandoned. In such cases, the Council has decided that an administration fee will be charged to cover the costs of officer time and office resources that are expended unnecessarily. For further information, please refer to the link below:

Administration Fees for Processing Invalid Planning Applications PDF Acrobat

- For more information on how to purchase your Location & Block Plans Click Here (Internal Page)


Planning Fees- How much does it cost?


New Planning Fees

New Planning Fees came into force in England on 22 November 2012, these new fees are set out in the links below:                                                      

- Planning Portal Fee Sheet (External Link)

- Planning Portal Fee Calculator (External Link)

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This page was last reviewed 19 August 2013 at 14:42 by Web Team.
The page is next due for review 15 February 2014.
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