We are currently handling a much higher than normal volume of planning applications.

Coupled with changes to staffing, this is leading to delays in determining applications.

While we tackle the backlog, we are not able to respond to individual requests for progress reports via email or telephone, as this takes officer time away from processing applications.

Requests for information about a particular application will be directed to this page which we will keep updated.  

The timings shown below are the most recent averages that we are required to submit to central government.

Table: planning determinations

Application type

Statutory target timescale

Current average determination

Major

91 days

204 days

Minor

56 days

125 days

Other

56 days

99 days

All the rest 56 days 69 days
Pre-application enquiries N/A 67 days

Application type definitions

Major

The number of dwellings to be constructed is 10 or more; or the site area is 0.5 hectares or more.

For all other uses an application constitutes major development if the floorspace to be built is 1,000sqm or more, or where the site area is one hectare or more.

Minor

Anything smaller than the criteria for major developments.

For example: the number of dwellings is between one to nine. The floorspace is less than 1,000sqm or the site area less than one hectare.

Changes of use of buildings of less than 1,000 square metres or less than 1ha site area.

Other

Mainly householder applications. 

The rest

Includes applications not recorded in government statistics; relating to trees, non-material amendments, lawful development certificates and permitted development.

Pre-application enquiries

Enquiries from applicants prior to formal submission, seeking informal opinion from the local planning authority on the details of their proposals. This is a discretionary service.