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What happens once my planning application has been received?

Once your planning application has been received by the Council what happens next? How long will it take before you hear back from them. Follow the process once your application reaches the Council in our two part blog

Determination Period:

When your application has been received it will firstly be checked to ensure that all the details are correct and that the right fee has been submitted. If any details are incorrect this is likely to result in a delay to your application.
Once your application has been validated you will receive a letter from the Council which will set out the statutory determination date. This is generally 8 weeks from the date of validation (not submission) but for larger proposals it may take longer to deal with your application. In this case the Council will inform you that they are extending the determination period and they will advise you as to the reason why. If you would like to contest the extension to the determination period you can appeal to the Planning Inspectorate on the grounds of non-determination. However, if you would like to do this it is important that you do not initially agree to the extension as this removes your right to appeal.
You will have a case officer assigned to your application and you can monitor its progress either by telephone or online

Publicising the Proposal and Consultation:

Your local planning authority will publicise your planning proposal so that any people who may be affected can have the chance to express their views. It will be publicised by various means for example:

  • Your Council’s website
  •  Site notices
  • Local Press - Should the application be within a Conservation area, relate to a listed building or affect a right of way it will be advertised in the local press.
  • Neighbour notification letters

The formal consultation period usually lasts for 21 days. During this time anyone can comment on an application and any written comments will be taken into account when a decision is being made, providing they raise relevant considerations.
In the second part of our synopsis of what to expect once your planning application has been submitted, we will cover assessment of the planning application and how the decision-making process is made.

Source: The Cheshire West and Chester Planning Guide

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