What you need to get planning permission

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The following lists detail the information which must be submitted with a planning application for it to be valid.

National list
This is a national core list of statutory requirements to accompany all applications. There are ten requirements:

  1. Fully completed application form
  2. Correct fee*
  3. Ownership certificates
  4. Agricultural holding certificate
  5. Location plan
  6. Site plan (block plans)
  7. Floor plans (including roof plans)
  8. Elevations
  9. Sections*
  10. Design & Access Statement*

*Where applicable

Local requirement list
This is the Council's list of local requirements, which has been defined from the Government's recommended list of local requirements which is tailored to the different types of applications.

What is a design and access statement?
A design and access statement explains the design principles and concepts behind a planning application and how issues relating to access to the development have been dealt with. It is a written report and can be sometimes include photos, maps and drawings.

Design and access statements are required for planning applications where the development:

  • is major development
  • is a listed building
  • is within a conservation area or World Heritage Site and is for one or more dwellings or for building or buildings where the floor space created is 100 square metres or more

It is not required for:

  • a material change in use of the land or buildings
  • for engineering or mining operations
  • for development which is waste development
  • an application made pursuant to Section 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (determination of applications to develop land without compliance with conditions previously attached) or the grant of a replacement planning permission subject to a new time limit and was granted planning permission before 1 October 2010 which has not expired

The design and access statement shall:

  • explain the design principles and concepts that have been applied to the development
  • demonstrate the steps taken to appraise the context of the development and how design of the development takes that context into account
  • explain the policy adopted as to access and how policies relating to access in relevant local development documents have been taken into account
  • state what, if any, consultation has been undertaken on issues relating to access to the development and what account has been taken of the outcome of any such consultation
  • explain how specific issues which might affect access to the development have been addressed

For listed building or conservation area consent:  
The design and access statement shall explain how the works and access to the building (if relevant) takes account of:

  • the special architectural or historic importance of the building
  • the particular physical features of the building that justify it's designation as a listed building
  • the building's setting

If relating to access it will also:

  • explain the policy adopted as to access, including what alternative means of access have been considered and how policies relating to access in relevant local development documents have been taken into account
  • state what, if any, consultation has been undertaken and what account has been taken of the outcome of any such consultation
  • explain how any specific issues which might affect access to the building have been addressed

If you have queries please contact the Planning team.

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