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Timescale for applications
The council has eight weeks to make a decision on planning
applications of a minor nature (such as minor extensions to
properties and changes of use), 13 weeks to make a decision on
applications of a major nature (housing schemes, power stations and
large commercial developments) and 16 weeks on applications
accompanied by an environmental statement.
During this time the case officer will consult, in appropriate
cases, the owners of property who might be affected by the
application, the local highway authority, parish councils, public
services and other organisations.
The officer will investigate the site history, review relevant
planning policies and consider whether or not the proposal is
acceptable in principle. If necessary, discussions are held with
the applicant and amendments are made to the application. Every
application site is inspected. Many applications are
straightforward and uncontroversial.
The Director of Regeneration, Community and
Culture generally determines these on the council’s behalf
(known as a delegated decision.) In other cases, a recommendation
on whether or not permission should be granted is made to the
Some complicated or large-scale applications may take longer to
decide. In such a case, the applicant is consulted to seek
agreement to an extended period. If there is no agreement, the
applicant has the right of appeal to the Secretary of State for
Communities and Local Government.
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