Planning decisions

An application can either be approved, normally with conditions, or refused with a justified planning reason.

To help us work more efficiently a significant number of applications can be decided by officers of the council using a 'Scheme of Delegation'.

The case officer will prepare a brief report for development control managers who will make a decision to approve or refuse the application, and impose any conditions deemed appropriate. The decision notice will then normally be dispatched to the applicant (or agent) on the same day or the following day.

Although most applications are decided by the Development Control Manager, applications for major development, applications where objections are received, and certain other categories of development are determined by the Planning and Transportation Panel.

How to comment or see a decision

Comments can be made on live planning applications and decisions can be viewed online using Public Access.

How to get copies of decision notices and other documents

Decision notices, together with other planning documents, can be obtained by submitting a request to us via our contact us form. We will then check that the documentation is available and you will be contacted within five working days to make payment as detailed below:

  • copy of decision notice (Planning) £16 each
  • copy of approval notice (Building regulations) £16 each
  • copy of completion certificate (Building regulations) £16 each
  • copy of appeal decision notice (Planning) £16 each
  • Section 106 agreement (Legal document) free
  • copy of Tree Preservation Order £20 each

Extract from Ordnance Survey (in respect of planning and building regulations submissions only):

  • one copy £22.50 plus VAT 
  • two copies £23 plus VAT 
  • three copies £23.50 plus VAT 
  • four copies £24 plus VAT 
  • five copies £24.50 plus VAT 
  • six copies (max) £25 plus VAT

Site history search £30 per hour

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This page was last updated on 27 February 2023

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