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What is the decision making process for planning applications

December 8, 2020 5:46 am

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Once you have submitted your planning application with subsequent documents, plans and maps you may be wondering what the decision making process is. Here is a quick look at what goes on behind the scenes.

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Once received the local planning authority will check that your application is complete and contains all of the relevant documents such as the application form, design statement, maps and any document specific to the local authority. Planning Maps may also be required and you can find these from companies like  https://www.themapshop.co.uk/planning_maps_online.htm. Once they have validated that everything is there they will write to the applicant to let them know that the determination process has been started.

The application is then placed on the planning register and given a unique planning reference number. It is then publicised and consulted on this will mean that they will either consult with the neighbours to your planning site or place a planning notice up in the local area. This is where people can give their views on the proposed development or works.

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A report will then be prepared containing all of this information and given to the planning committee. The committee will then meet to discuss the application in detail and decide whether they are going to accept or reject the proposal and whether any amendments need to be made to the development.

The timescale for all of this to take place will be dependent on the size of your development and your local authority as well as the timetable for when the planning committee meets and how many other applications have been received.

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