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Submitting a planning application

How To Avoid Delays in Processing Your Application

Applications are often made invalid for the following reasons:

  • unpaid or insufficient application fees
  • site plan not submitted, or site plan submitted but not adequately identifying the entirety of the site (to be edged in red)
  • existing and proposed plans not showing the site or scheme accurately
  • drawings submitted without a scale bar, without a written scale (for example, 1:100), without clearly annotated dimensions and/or displaying a 'do not scale' bar

Incorrectly completed application forms with:

  • incorrect site address details (eg flat number not stated)
  • incorrect or incomplete descriptions of a development which do not include all aspects of the proposal requiring planning permission
  • missing ownership certificates
  • forms not dated and unsigned

Missing supporting documents required for specific types of application, such as: 

  • Design and Access Statement
  • Heritage Statement (for properties within a conservation area)
  • Schedule of Works (for listed buildings)
  • Flood Risk Assessment
  • Daylight and Sunlight Impact Assessment
  • Noise Assessment, Air Quality Assessment, Arboricultural/Construction/Environment/Management Plan, etc

An application will only be made valid and progressed once we receive all necessary item(s) listed on the invalid letter that you receive. 

Page last updated: 23 June 2021

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