What happens next for my planning application?

What happens next?

We will try to deal with your application within eight weeks (thirteen weeks for major developments) although this is not always possible.If we are likely to take longer to make a decision the case officer will let you know the reasons why, ask your agreement to a further period and give you a likely revised date for the decision.


The planning application process is very open, so we will take the following steps to allow people to view your application and comment on it:

  1. All applications can be viewed through the Public Access for Planning facility on our website.
  2. We will write to your neighbours and ask them if they have any views on your proposal. It will help if you have discussed your proposal with them before applying.
  3. A site notice will also be posted outside your property when the officer dealing with your application visits the site. This is particularly important in rural areas where it may not be obvious who owns land near the site.
  4. A copy of your application will be sent to your local Town or Parish Council for comment.

Depending on the type of application, consultations may be carried out with:

Neighbours are given twenty-one days to comment. If your application is significantly amended you may be given a further period, usually ten days, to make any further comments.

You will be able to read what other people say about your application via the Public Access service which can be found here:

If you feel you should respond, please be aware that anything you send to the Council will be treated in the same way as other public comments, so please refer to the advice on our web page about commenting on a planning application here:

Further information

You can download a user guide for the Public Access for Planning website here:

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