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How to make a Planning Application for County Council's Own Development

County Council Developments - FAQs

Question 1:  What does the planning application process involve?

Question 2:  What type of factors are taken into account when determining a planning application for a school development?

Question 3:  What happens if a school is a Listed Building and/or within a Conservation Area?

Question 4:  What happens if planning permission for a County Council development is granted?

Question 5:  What is the fee for submitting a planning application?

Question 1:  What does the planning application process involve?
It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure the application is submitted correctly including at least eight sets of forms and plans, the appropriately signed certificates and appropriate fee.

The planning application process normally takes about eight weeks from submission, but this can vary and the planning officer will be able to indicate the likely timescale involved for a particular development.

The process involves 5 stages:

  1. Planning application submitted with accompanying fee and validity of application checked
  2. Planning application registered and application number and target determination date confirmed.
  3. Planning consultation and publicity process carried out allowing 21 days for responses from both the general public & statutory consultees.
  4. Consideration of representations given and further information/negotiation sought where necessary.
  5. Recommendation/determination made using delegated powers or by making a recommendation to the County Council’s Development Management Committee. In some instances such as in the case of departure from the Development Plan, the application may need to be referred to Government Office for the South West before the decision is issued adding potentially a minimum of 4 weeks to the process.

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Question 2:  What type of factors are taken into account when determining a planning application for a school development?
The Development Plan for the area will always be the key factor when considering the application as will ‘material considerations’ such as environmental effects and impacts on the landscape, floodplain, design, amenity and the transport system.  

A further important consideration will be the need for a School Travel Plan (STP). The STP is a written document produced by the school in partnership with Devon County Council’s STP Officer. More information on STPs can be found at

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Question 3:  What happens if a school is a Listed Building and/or within a Conservation Area?
Works to a Listed Building or works within a Conservation Area may require Listed Building Consent and/or Conservation Area Consent in addition to planning permission and these must be obtained before work can commence. Obtaining such consents can take much longer than ordinary planning permission as they are always considered by the Government Office for the South West. Advice should be sought from the Development Management section to establish the need for such additional consent.

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Question 4:  What happens if planning permission for a County Council development is granted?
Once planning permission has been given, the applicant may need to submit further details for approval.  These details will be described in conditions attached to the submission, and approval for such matters will often be sought before any development can commence.

Development must be carried out in accordance with approved plans. It is the applicant's responsibility to let the Development Management section know if amendments to the approved development are being sought. The consideration of any amendments can be dealt with through the minor amendment procedure which will include the submission of relevant plans and the appropriate fee.

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Question 5:  What is the fee for submitting a planning application?
The fee is calculated on the type and size of the proposed development. A list of the current fee scale is available by following this link:

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