Planning applications and how they are processed

When a planning application is received, the LPA firstly checks the application to determine whether its complete. A valid application comprises:-

The above items are discussed in detail in the land registrys 'Making an application section'.

Once a planning application has been received, accompanied by all the necessary information, it is normally validated quite quickly. The LPA will then start the determination process. Notification of this is given to the applicant in writing.

Only once an application has been deemed valid does the determination process commence, the application being placed on the planning register and given an application reference number.

Normally, most minor and small-scale applications are validated within three to five working days from the date of receipt. Major applications can take 10 working days.

Invalid Planning application

Where planning applications are deemed invalid, the LPA should notify the applicant of their reasons in writing, although in some cases they may also telephone or email the applicant.

Local planning authorities are under instructions to only request supporting information that is relevant, necessary and material to the application in question. If an applicant disagrees with a decision not to validate a planning application on the basis that the information requested is unnecessary, they should always follow this up with the local authority in question.

What to do when Disputes cannot be resolved.

If the applicant is unable to resolve the dispute with the local authority, there is a procedure set out in Article 10A of the Development Management Procedure Order which can be used to resolve such disputes. If necessary an applicant can, after the statutory time period for determining the application has expired, appeal against non determination.

However the best course of action is always to make sure that you provide all the information that they need and this includes planning application maps.

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