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

9. Step 8 - Permission is granted (with or without conditions) or refused

If the application is for minor work a planning officer will normally make the decision.

If it is a major planning application then the application, accompanied by a report by a planning officer outlining all material considerations and including comments from neighbours and other relevant agencies, goes before the Planning Committee. However, the Council's rules allow the Head of Building and Development Services to refuse planning permission on major schemes, so not all major applications go before the Committee.

Planning Committees are normally held every four weeks and the public are welcome to attend. In some cases, members of the public can speak on planning applications. The Planning Committee Agenda is published one week before the meeting. See Council Meetings - Agendas and Minutes for further details.


If planning permission is refused, or a decision is not reached within the statutory period (or agreed extension of time) then an appeal may be made to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. For further details please visit our planning appeals webpage.