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How we determine planning applications

We will assign a case officer to each application. They will assess your planning application against the current local plan for the area. You’ll be able to view the progress of your application on our website which it takes about seven days for planning notices to appear.

We make a decision on most applications within eight weeks but major applications can take up to 13 weeks.

Once we advertise your application people will be able to tell us what they think about them by submitting comments which we will publish online.

When someone makes a planning application we look at:

  • whether the proposal complies with relevant national and local planning policies
  • the effect of the proposal on existing neighbouring development and the local area
  • comments from organisations such as Environment Agency, Heritage England and Natural England
  • any representations received regarding the proposal
  • the information we gathered during a site visit.

Most applications are approved or refused by our Planning Officers. The more complicated applications are brought before the Planning Committee. After the decision has been made, we'll send you a decision notice. If you're not happy with our decision you can appeal.

Our planning privacy notice gives more detail on how we use your data during this process.

Appeal process

If your planning application is undetermined, refused or conditions are set that you disagree with, you have the right to appeal the decision of the local council to the Planning Inspectorate.

Neither the Planning Inspectorate or the local planning authority will charge you to lodge an appeal.

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