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A Guide To Making A Planning Application


How To Submit An Application

Applications are often made through an ‘Agent’, such as an architect but can also be made by the owner of the site/property.

Applications can be made either online at the National Planning Portal or by submitting paper copies of all documentation.  Remember if paper applications are made you will be required to submit up to 4 copies of each document depending on the individual Council. (More on Planning Application Agents)


What Type Of Application Do I Need?

If you know what you are proposing to build and have detailed drawings you will need to make a ‘Full’ application.

If you wish to see what the Council thinks about the proposal initially you can arrange a Pre App meeting for a fee or submit an ‘outline’ application.  A further application will need to be made at a later date for ‘reserved matters’ approval prior to the start of the project.


What Documents Will Be Required?

  • Completed Application Form
  • A site location plan with the proposed application site outlined in red at a scale of either 1:1250 or 1:2500
  • A Block Plan showing more detail and at a scale of 1:500
  • Elevation and roof plan drawings, existing and proposed, at a scale of 1:100
  • The correct fee

Some additional information may be required; for example tree survey, contamination report, ecological report, highways strategy/travel plan or a flood risk assessment.


Final Checking

Ensure that the application form is signed and dated and that any other interested parties have been served notice before submitting. If paper applications are to be submitted please ensure there are the correct number of copies of plans provided.




Planning Conditions

Once you have received your planning consent there will be various conditions which will have to be discharged prior to commencement.

You may also be interested in reading our guide on how to Prepare for a Successful Building Project.

More Resources on Planning

Pre Planning Discussions

Public Consultation


For more information, please contact Ed or Kelly on 01284 365345 or email ed@granitebw.co.uk / kelly@granitebw.co.uk.

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