How the planning system works

We are currently receiving a high number of planning applications which is resulting in delays to our usual response times. We are determining applications and responding to enquiries in the order they are received. We will respond as soon as possible.

Planning ensures that the right development happens in the right place at the right time, benefitting communities, the environment and the economy.

It plays a critical role in identifying what development is required and where, what areas need to be protected or enhanced and whether proposed development is sustainable. The Government has produced a Plain English guide to the planning system.

There are two main types of planning application:

  1. Full planning permission 
  2. Outline planning permission

Before you carry out any building work, you need to check if you need to apply for planning permission.