THE PLANNING PROCESS
The process differs slightly depending on the Local Authority (LA), but largely it is as follows:
Once the drawings are submitted, together with the statutory fee, the application is checked to see if it is correct in detail. If any further details are required, the application is usually returned for amendment.
If accepted it is entered on a statutory register. At this point, an 8 week period begins in which the application should be considered. (Where an authority is unable to consider it within the 8 week period they will ask for an extension of time usually with the condition that if this is not granted they will refuse the application).
If the application is non-contentious it will usually be allocated to a planning officer for his recommendation. If thought to be contentious it will go before the full planning committee.
A public consultation exercise will then take place, the extent of which will depend on the impact of the development and the type of area but it always includes the immediate neighbours. This process normally lasts 3 weeks.
Following the public consultation, the planning officer will assess the development against Local Authority's policies and will either make a decision under delegated powers in non-contentious developments or produce a recommendation for the committee.
YOU MAY ALSO NEED TO CONSIDER OTHER REGULATIONS AND CONSENTS INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING:
Conservation Areas (a conservation officer will normally be part of the process)
Listed Building Consent (for extensions or alterations)
Tree Protection Orders (TPO's)
Rights of Way (public access)
Protection of Wildlife
Should your application be refused you will either need to resubmit an amended set of plans or appeal to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM). You can re-submit without any further payment for a period of 12 months.