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Information requirements and validation for planning applications


Different types and scale of application requires different levels of information and supporting documentation to be submitted in support of the application.  The required information for a valid application to be submitted falls into two categories;

  • The ‘national list’ – national mandatory information
  • The ‘local list’ – additional information required by local planning authorities necessary to make a decision on the application. 

The purpose of the validation arrangements is to:

  • provide a guide to the information that may be required at the outset;
  • enable the local planning authority to provide applicants with certainty as to the information required;
  • enable the local planning authority to have all the necessary information to determine the application and to draft the planning permission and all conditions;
  • minimise the need for further submission of additional information in order to allow local planning authorities a reasonable opportunity to determine applications within the target period; and
  • ensure consistency in the approach taken by different local planning authorities in registering and validating applications whilst recognising the need for variation appropriate to local circumstances.

Where a submission is required under any of the categories below, the Council will require 4 copies (except when applications are submitted electronically). For complex applications additional copies may be requested to assist in the speed of determining the application.

The ‘National List’

This comprises;

  • Information provided on the standard application form (these can be obtained from the Planning Portal using the link below, or can be accessed by clicking on ‘Forms’ to the left of this screen).
  • Location plan identifying land on which application relates and any other land owned by the applicant.
  • Site plan, also identifying the application site and providing additional information where influenced or affected by the proposed development such as public rights of way crossing the site and position of all trees on the site.
  • Ownership certificate and Agricultural Land Declaration.
  • Notice to all other owners of application site.
  • Correct fee.
  • Design and Access Statement where required (for more information click ‘Design and Access Statement’ to left of this screen).

The ‘Local List’

Following a review of the contents of the 'local list' and an eight week consultation a revised comprehensive local list has been agreed and published.

If an application submitted lacks the necessary information specified on the local list, the Council will be entitled to invalidate the application and so decline to determine it.  The Council will still need to take a proportionate approach when validating, however, so that applications are not rendered invalid by the omission of an item of information that would add little to the Council’s understanding of the development proposal. Pre-application discussion is strongly encouraged to enable discussion and hopefully agreement as to what additional information is necessary and proportionate for the particular development proposed.

Where the applicant disagrees with the Council as to the particulars or evidence to be included the applicant may send a notice to the authority which must;

(i)                   specify which particulars or evidence the applicant considers do not meet the requirements set out in article 29(4)(bb) of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2010.

(ii)                 Set out the reasons the applicant relies upon holding that view; and

(iii)                Request the authority to include those particulars or evidence in the application

Following receipt of the notice the Council must notify the applicant either that they no longer require the particulars or evidence or confirm that it continues to require it

The approved local list can be viewed using the link provided in the useful documents box below.

Validation checklists

To assist applicants in submitting a valid application, a series of validation checklists have been prepared.  The checklist number corresponds with the number of the correct standard application form although it should be noted that in some cases there may be two validation checklists for certain application types relating to residential and non-residential applications.

The checklists can be downloaded using the links below;

NoLink to Checklist
V001Householder application for planning permission for works or extension to a dwelling.
V002Householder application for planning permission for works or extension to a dwelling and conservation area consent for demolition of an unlisted building in a conservation area.
V003Householder application for planning permission for works or extension to a dwelling and listed building consent for alterations, extension or demolition of a listed building.
V004 (a)Application for planning permission – residential.
V004 (b)Application for planning permission – non-residential.
V005 (a)Application for outline planning permission with some matters reserved – residential.
V005 (b)Application for outline planning permission with some matters reserved – non-residential.
V006 (a)Application for outline planning permission with all matters reserved – residential.
V006 (b)Application for outline planning permission with all matters reserved – non-residential.
V007 (a)Application for planning permission & for relevant demolition of an unlisted building in a conservation area – residential.
V007 (b)Application for planning permission & for relevant demolition of an unlisted building in a conservation area – non-residential.
V008 (a)Application for planning permission & listed building consent for alterations, extension or demolition of a listed building – residential.
V008(b)Application for planning permission & listed building consent for alterations, extension or demolition of a listed building – non-residential.
V009Application for planning permission & consent to display an advertisement(s).
V010Application for conservation area consent for demolition of an unlisted building in a conservation area.
V011Application for listed building consent for alterations, extension or demolition of a listed building.
V012Application for consent to display an advertisement.
V013Application for consent to display an advertisement(s) and application for listed building consent for alterations, extension or demolition of a listed building.
V014Application for a lawful development certificate for an existing use or operation or activity including those in breach of a planning condition.
V015Application for a lawful development certificate for a proposed use or development.
V016Application for prior notification of proposed agricultural or forestry development – proposed building.
V017Application for prior notification of proposed agricultural or forestry development – proposed road/ private way.
V018Application for prior notification of proposed agricultural or forestry development – excavation/ deposit of waste materials.
V019Application for prior notification of proposed agricultural or forestry development – proposed fish tank/ cage.
V020Application for the authority’s determination concerning the prior approval of the siting and external appearance of proposed development by telecommunication code systems operators.
V022

Prior notification of proposed demolition.

V023 (a)Application for approval of reserved matters following outline approval – residential.
V023 (b)Application for approval of reserved matters following outline approval – non-residential.
V025Application for removal or variation of condition following grant of planning permission/ listed building consent/ conservation area consent.
V027Application for approval of details reserved by condition.
V033Application for new planning permission to replace an extant planning permission, in order to extend the time limit for implementation.  Application for replacement of associated listed building and/or conservation area consents in order to extend the time limit for implementation.
V034Application for a non-material amendment following the grant of planning permission.

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