The most efficient way to submit new applications is electronically via the Planning Portal.
Electronic applications are easier to submit, validate and review, especially where people are working in a hybrid way.
Where forms are not available to submit online, you can download the forms and submit electronically.
Where required, some site notices are sent to applicants to put up (with instructions). Relevant applications are also advertised every Friday in ‘The Argus’ newspaper.
Planning Gateway One: Fire safety and high-rise buildings (New Validation requirement from 1 August 2021)
Following the Grenfell Tower fire and the subsequent report, the Government made a commitment to introduce Planning Gateway One, which has 2 key elements:
- to require the developer to submit a fire statement, read the following guidance Fire safety and high-rise residential buildings (from 1 August 2021), which sets out fire safety considerations specific to the development with a relevant application for planning permission for development which involves one or more relevant buildings, and
- to establish the Health and Safety Executive as a statutory consultee for relevant planning applications.
Gateway one is being introduced to ensure that fire safety measures are included at an early stage.
What is Planning Gateway One?
With effect from 1 August 2021, when submitting an application for planning permission for a relevant high-rise residential building, a developer will need to submit a fire statement setting out fire considerations specific to the development.
The fire statement will need to be on a form published by the Secretary of State (or on a form substantially to the same effect) and include the particulars specified or referred to in the form.
The changes to the planning rules also establish the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), as a mandatory consultee on all relevant planning applications made on or after 1st August 2021.
What development is in scope?
Relevant buildings are those that contain 2 or more dwellings, or educational accommodation and meet the height condition of either 18 metre-plus, or 7-plus stories - whichever is reached first.
Relevant planning applications are those that provide for one or more relevant buildings, development of an existing relevant building (including minor alterations & refurbishment), or development within the curtilage of a relevant building.
A hard copy of all plans and documents is no longer required for all major applications.
You can find full details regarding major applications here. For further clarification please contact the planning department.
Planning application checklists
Read the following checklists:
Please ensure you go through the checklist before sending your application - most delays are caused by simple mistakes.
To calculate your planning fee use:
Notice 1 - to be served on owners of the land when completing Certificate of Ownership - Certificate B or C.
Where the application relates to proposals in/on a development including flats, this notice must be served by the applicant (or their agent) on all freeholders and leaseholders (unless a leaseholder has an unexpired term of less than 7 years.)
Notice 2 - to be published in a newspaper when completing Certificate of Ownership - Certificate C or D.
The checklists of information requirements were adopted on 1 March 2008 following a full consultation and have been reviewed and republished several times since.
The latest update was undertaken on 18 February 2022 to incorporate the statutory requirements for Planning Gateway One, which came into effect by statute on 1 August 2021.