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Making a planning application


In the second of our series of planning application blogs we look at making the application. What type of application do you want to make? What documents do you need to provide?

Most people will use a specialist “agent” to submit a planning application on their behalf. Applications can be made online through the national planning portal or by submitting paper copies of all the relevant documents to your planning department.


You can decide to make either a “full” or “outline” application . By now you will know exactly what you want to do and have detailed drawings prepared, in which case you will more than likely make a full application. If you prefer to establish what the Council thinks of your proposal before going to the expense of having detailed drawings done then you may be able to make an outline application. However, it is advisable to check with the planning office first. You also need to be aware that if your proposal is acceptable to the Council in principle you will need to make a further application at a later date for “reserved” matter approval before you can start work on the project.


Home Extensions – Prior Notification:


• Until a deadline of 30 May 2019 legislation allows single-storey rear extensions to be built without the submission of a full planning application
• You are required, however, to submit a “prior notification” to the local planning authority
• Prior notifications are subject to a neighbour consultation scheme. For more details about prior notifications
• “prior notifications” do not apply in all cases so it is advisable to check with your local planning authority first 

What documents do you need to submit with your planning application?


There are standard minimum required documents you will need to submit in support of your application.
• Site location plan – the proposed application site needs to be outlined in red and any other land you own should be outlined in blue. This needs to be at a scale of 1:1250 or 1:2500
• Block plan – this is a more detailed site location plan and needs to be at a scale of 1:500
• Any elevation and roof plan drawings – both existing and proposed at a scale of 1:100
• The correct fee!

architect's plans

These are a universal minimum standard across the country but be aware that many Councils also have a “local list” of additional information that they require for various types of application. Details of what is required should be provided with the downloaded forms from your local Council website. These additional requirements can include:
• An aboriculture report
• An ecological report
• A flood risk assessment
A separate planning statement can be used to detail any special circumstances which you wish to include to support your application.


Once again, we hope you have found our little guide to the planning application process useful. In our next blog we will look at what happens once your application has been received by the Council.

Source: The Cheshire West and Chester Planning Guide https://pa.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/online-applications/



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