After you apply for planning permission: step-by-step guide

2. Step 1 - The application is registered

When your application was received at the Town Hall it was entered onto our planning database. This plotted the application against a geographic map of the borough and gave us details of the surrounding area.

The Council's letter of acknowledgement will have told you whether your proposal is to go before the Planning Committee or be determined by the Head of Building and Development Services. Officers determine approximately 90% of applications under arrangements approved by the Council.

The 10% that are decided by Planning Committee are generally larger proposals such as new housing estates, office developments and other commercial proposals.

All applications are publicised, sometimes by means of site notices and advertisements in the local press. However, the most frequent method is to send letters to those neighbours, including businesses, most likely to be affected.