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How planning applications are decided

Minor and small-scale applications are usually registered and acknowledged within five working days of receipt and large or complex applications within 10 working days of receipt.

Once an application is deemed valid it is recorded on the planning register. Read more about how applications are processed on the Planning Portal website.

We will usually tell you our decision within eight weeks. For large or complex applications the time limit is 13 weeks.

Making a decision 

Decisions can be delegated, which means that one of our planning officers will make the decision, or the application can be considered by the Council's Development Control Committee together with a report with an officer's recommendation.

An application will normally only go to the Development Control Committee if:

  • a District Councillor requests based on planning reasons that the application is considered by the Committee, or
  • a Town or Parish Council makes comments on an application which are different to those of the planning officer.

Read about the decision-making process and a flow chart diagram of the application process on the Planning Portal website.


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