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Planning application and pre-application

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 from the websites,

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:

Please note: we know the files on this page might not be suitable for users of assistive technology. 

If you use a screen reader or other assistive technology, please contact the Planning Policy and Development Management Team and we will try to help.

County Council development

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

Local Validation Requirements

Application forms and guidance notes

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

Planning fees

As of 6 December 2023:

Contact us

For advice on submitting a planning application, contact