Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Our planning team is working as close to normal as possible and are contactable by email or phone. Site visits and the posting of site notices are being carried out. If you need any help or information, please contact your case officer. For general enquiries, please check the advice on this website or call our customer services team on 01423 500600.

Due to these restrictions there is a delay in processing information received through the post. Therefore please submit any application, representations, etc. electronically if at all possible.


Please be aware that we have undergone some structural changes in the place-shaping and economic growth service over the last few months. As a result there have been some changes to the validation process, which affects applications received from 26 February onwards. This has created an initial delay in validating applications so please bear with us through this busy period.


Welcome to the new look local validation manual for planning applications. The manual has been reviewed to make it easier to use, in order to get started simply click on the type of development that you want to know more about.

We have also put together a quick and easy to use matrix showing the requirements for development type.

Types of developments

When making a planning application it is vital that it is supported by adequate and accurate information to enable the council, members of the public and other statutory bodies to understand the proposals, and allow a proper assessment of the potential impact of the development.

Planning applications which are not submitted with the correct information as stated within these pages may be treated as invalid and will not be processed until such time as the required information has been submitted.

If an application is found to be invalid the Receiving Officer will try to contact the applicant or agent by telephone and will also send a letter/email specifying the details required to validate the application.

After 4 weeks, if either the required information has not been received or written confirmation of when the information will be submitted has not been received the application and any fees associated will be returned minus any administration fee.

Please note that in exceptional circumstances, further information for a specific application, above and beyond the requirements of the contents of these pages, maybe required. If this is the case one of our officers will be in contact with you directly to discuss this matter.

If you feel that the requested validation information do not meet the requirements set out in the Town and Country Planning (Develop Management Procedure) Order, then you have a right of appeal for non-determination.

If your application is found to be invalid The Order allows you to send an "Article 10A" notice which must:

  1. set out which information or evidence you as the applicant either consider to be a reasonable requirement for the scale and nature of the development proposal or are not concerned with a matter which it is reasonable to think will be material in the determination of the application
  2. state the reasons you as the applicant hold that view
  3. request we waiver the requirement(s)

Once we have received your application we will notify you of the decision within 8 weeks, although for major this timescale is extended to 13 weeks.


Planning application documents are published on our website, however before publishing we are required by the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), related legislations and best practise to remove 'personal information'.

The following information is asked for on an application form:

  • telephone number
  • email address
  • signatures

We will endeavour to remove this personal information before publishing.

There are occasions when other personal information is submitted within supporting documents, this personal information can include:

  • financial information
  • car registration plates
  • photos of individuals
  • a persons age
  • physical or mental health information
  • views on other individuals - such as their health or anything defamatory or libellous
  • how long a person has resided at a property
  • a persons employment history
  • criminal record - including alleged offences
  • children
  • racial or ethnic origin
  • religious or other beliefs
  • political opinions
  • membership of a trade union
  • sexual orientation or how a person identifies
  • and any other information which may identify an individual person or persons

Even if the applicant, or a person making comments on an application, wants the personal information to be published online, we must endeavour to remove it.

Therefore when submitting an application or comments please can you make sure that the above personal information is only submitted if it is a planning consideration, for example financial information which may support a change of use application from a business to a dwelling to show that a business is not viable or information to show that a fee is not required as the proposed development is for the sole use of a disabled person. We will endeavour to make sure this information is not published online.

If you submit personal information as set out above please can you ensure that it is either referred to in a covering letter - or contained within a separate document to aid identification and removal from the documents which will be published online.

If you require any assistance in this regard, please email [email protected]

Page last updated 04/08/2020