Planning Applications – Who Is Involved

Once an application has been validated and registered, the local planning authority (LPA) will then publicise and being consultations.

As a part of this process they will either notify your neighbours or put up a notice on or near the site. In some cases, applications are also advertised in local newspapers. This is done to give the public the opportunity to express their views. The parish, town or community council are usually notified, other bodies such as the county council, the Environment Agency and the relevant Government Office for the region may also be consulted.

From 1 October 2010, all LPAs have been required to publish specified information about all planning applications on their websites, for example address of the proposed development and when representations must be made.

Anyone can comment on any proposals made, the relevant LPA’s assessing the relevance of comments and, in the light of them, may suggest minor changes to the application in the hope of overcoming any difficulties.

Planning Application Maps Can Help

When considering the application in the first place, the planning application maps and the data that they provide will help you understand the possible problems and be ready for any potential comments. This makes it doubly important that you carry out this important step.

The planning department may in some cases prepare reports for their planning committee, which is made up of elected councillors. In other cases the LPA may give a senior officer in the planning department the responsibility for deciding your application on its behalf.

You are normally entitled to see and have a copy of any report submitted to any local government committee, plus you are also entitled to see certain background papers used in the preparation of such reports. These background papers will generally include the comments of consultees, objectors and supporters which are relevant to the determination of your application. Such material should normally be made available at least three working days before the committee meeting so as to allow you appropriate planning time.

The LPA grants/refuses planning permission by sending you a letter notifying you of its decision.

For some information on Planning Matters please see:-

Maps for Planning Applications
Planning applications and how they are processed
Planning Applications – Who Is involved
Planning Applications - When do you get a decision?
Planning Appeals and other casework