Making a planning application

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Please note that charges for pre-application advice on planning applications came into effect on the 1st July 2017. Please see the Pre-application advice below for further information.

A standard application form called 1APP is used for all planning applications (except minerals) in England. The 1APP form is the only legal way to apply for planning permission (except minerals) in England.

Before submitting an application, you should familiarise yourself with our Development Plan. This is the most important factor in deciding whether planning permission should be granted or refused.

Government guidance

Information about planning applications and the planning application system is available on:

All planning applications for extensions and alterations need to be supported by a design and access statement. See the Planning Portal website for more information about design and access statements.

Pre-application advice

The County Planning Authority welcomes and encourages discussions on the merits of a proposal before a planning application is submitted. This is referred to as “pre-application advice”. This advice gives you a better idea about the prospects of an application being successful as well as issues that will need to be considered when developing your proposal. Please see the Pre-application advice webpage for more information.

Making an application

For waste development, you can apply online or by post.

There are additional requirements for minerals and County Council development applications, see sections below.

Applying online

Applications are made via the Planning Portal website.

Applying by post

All the 1APP application forms and guidance notes you need to make a planning application can be downloaded from the Planning Portal using the links below.

Choose the right form for the type of planning application you wish to make. If you are not sure which form you need, contact Planning Development Control.

Personal and sensitive data

New applications, including forms, plans and supplementary documents, are published in full on this website.

Please indicate if your application contains personal or sensitive information that you do not wish to be made public and we will consider your request.

The applicant’s name and address forms part of the Statutory Planning Register and must appear on the website. We will make every effort to remove personal details such as telephone numbers, email addresses and signatures prior to applications being published.

More about personal data in planning applications.

Minerals development

Minerals applications cannot be submitted using the online 1APP form. For minerals-related applications, complete the following:

  • Application for Planning Permission pdf form (below)
  • Minerals related development supplementary information, at the bottom of the page.

County Council development

Applications for County Council development can be submitted via the Planning Portal website or by submitting both:

  • an Application for planning permission form
  • a County Council development supplementary information form.

Local Validation Requirements

Application forms and guidance notes

PDF application forms and guidance notes on the Planning Portal website:

  • Application For Extensions To The Time Limits For Implementing Planning Permissions And Associated Listed Building And/Or Conservation Area Consents | Guidance notes

Planning fees

As of November 2012.

Contact us

For advice on submitting a planning application, contact Planning Development Control.

Acrobat (PDF)
Pre-application charging guidance 2017-07-01 (v4).pdf
Minerals related development supplementary information
County Council Development Supplementary Information - Apr 17 Final.pdf