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Guidance and policies

The Planning process explained

Pre-application advice

Seeking advice prior to the formal submission of a planning application should enable early identification and consideration of the fundamental issues arising from a development proposal, which will help to identify the information that the Council will require to determine an application. It will also ensure that the quality of a development is improved and that certainty in the outcome can be increased for the applicant. We encourage and promote engagement through pre-application advice, and accordingly we have formalised the procedures for requesting advice.


We deal with applications within the statutory period of eight weeks for minor applications, 13 weeks for major applications and 16 weeks for applications accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment. Every application is validated and registered and internal and external consultations together with neighbour notification are also carried out. There is a three week consultation period.


You can appeal online using the guidance and forms on the appeals section of the Planning Portal.

National and local policies

Information on National and Local Policies is provided by the Planning Portal and the Planning Policy Team.

The Planning Portal provides up-to-date information on new planning policies which will be of interest to planning professionals.

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