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Information Requirements and Validation for Planning Applications

Different types and scale of application require 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 four 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 following the ‘Forms’ link 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 follow the ‘Design and Access Statement’ link to left of this screen)

The ‘Local List’

A 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 34(6)(c) of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015.

(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 on the right.

Last updated 4 October 2021

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