Planning Portal

  1. Planning
  2. Planning Applications
  3. The decision-making process

The decision-making process

Planning applications have to be decided in line with the relevant local planning authority’s (LPA) Development Plan – unless there is a very good reason not to do so.

In this section you will learn how and when planning applications are decided and the options you have once a decision has been made.

View a flow chart diagram of the application process

The development plan

Find out how the LPA will decide whether a planning application is in line with its Development Plan

How applications are processed

On receipt of a planning application, the LPA will firstly check the application to determine whether it’s complete.

Is anyone else involved?

Once an application has been validated and registered, the local planning authority (LPA) will then publicise and consult on it.

When will I get a decision?

Find out when you should receive a decision on your application and what happens if the local planning authority fails to issue a notice in this time

If permission is granted

By law, any planning permission granted expires after a certain period. FInd out how to extend your permission and other consents you may need before you start any building work

Conditions and obligations

Sometimes a planning permission may be granted with with an obligations attached, commonly referred to as a Section 106 Agreement or be subject to conditions

What to do if your application is refused or delayed

Find out the grounds for appeal and when it will be decided