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Planning applications

The planning application process can be complicated with many stages depending on each application type.

Download flowchart  of the planning application process.

After an application has been received, it will be validated to ensure that all the relevant information has been provided. Please note that your application will be returned if information to validate it has not been received within 35 days of the initial non-valid application notification.

Once validated, the application will be allocated to a case officer and we will send out an acknowledgement letter to the applicant or their agent. We will consult identified interested on most new planning applications, allowing at least 21 days for responses. Depending on the type of application type and size, we may consult using one or more of the following methods:

  • Individual letters to neighbours
  • Site notice (usually attached to a lampost or other fixture near site)
  • Press adverts (Southwark News)

All applications can be viewed and tracked within the planning register. During this consultation period comments can be made by anyone, either in writing to the Council. After expiry of the consultation period, the case officer will complete a full assessment of the proposed development and agree the appropriate decision level for the application. Planning applications have to be decided in line with the Council’s Development Plan – unless there is a very good reason not to do so.

Planning decisions on householder and other minor applications are usually completed within 8 weeks. Major application takes up to 13 weeks or longer (through a formal planning performace agreement with the applicant) to decide. Decisions on planning applications are made either under delegated powers or by the Planning Committee or Sub-Committee made up of elected members (Councillors) depending on the size of the development or a 'call-in' from members. Matters reserved for decision making by the planning committee and planning sub-committee are specified on pages 43 and 45 of the Southwark Constitution respectively. The Constitution was published in May 2012.

Upon receiving a decision, if you believe an incorrect decision has been reached or where a decision has not been made within the above statutory timeframes or an application has not been validated, you have the right to lodge a planning appeal.

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