Processing planning applications

On receipt of a valid planning application we will publicise it and consult interested parties.


We welcome the involvement of the public in the planning process and want to ensure that all those potentially affected by a proposal are aware of it.

Depending on the specific application, publicity is carried out by site notices, letters to people neighbouring the application site or notices in local newspapers and, frequently, by more than one of these means. Current applications can also be seen on this website.

You can submit your comments on applications to or you can use the comments box on the current applications page.

We will acknowledge the receipt of your comments which will be taken into account when considering applications provided they raise planning issues.

Representations received will be published on this website so if you do not wish to have your personal details published please send them as attachments to emails or by omitting your signature from letters.


We will consult a number of other bodies and organisations as part of the processing of a planning application and their comments will also be taken into account in reaching a decision.

Decisions on planning applications

Where an application does not give rise to planning policy objections, comments or representations do not contain valid planning objections which cannot be overcome by the imposition of conditions, the decision can be made by the strategic director of economy transport and environment.

Where there are planning policy objections or other unresolved planning objections, the decision will be made by the council's Regulatory Planning Committee (opens in a new window) which meets on a regular basis, usually every three weeks, to consider applications.

We allow objectors, supporters and applicants to address the committee in respect of any particular application.

View the recent planning decisions.

Related documents

The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)

The following document is in Word format. You will need a Word viewer installed on your computer in order to open these files.

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