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How the consultation process works

For each planning application where the County Council is the determining authority, we always:

  • send out copies of the application forms, plans and supporting documentation to selected statutory consultees requesting their views.  These include the relevant District and Parish/Town Councils, our own internal consultees (e.g. Highways Development Control Officers) and any other organisations whose response would be relevant to the proposal (e.g. the Environment Agency, English Nature, English Heritage).  

We normally ask for their responses within 21 days to enable us to deal with the application promptly, but this period may be extended depending upon the complexity of the application or at the specific request of one of the consultees (e.g. some Parish Councils meet less than once a month).

If new information comes to light as a result of consultation responses and these lead to a need to ask for changes to the proposal, or if we receive amended plans, it may be necessary to consult further and this process could take a further 14 days.

  • erect a site notice on the application site (or more than one if it is a very large site or it has more than one entrance).
  • publish details of the application in a weekly advertisement in the Western Morning News.  In addition, some District Councils publish details of our applications in their weekly lists in their local newspaper.
  • publish details of the application in a monthly list on the County Council’s website, together with copies of the application forms, plans and supporting documentation.  Please follow the link below to access the monthly lists of planning applications:
    Planning Applications received
  • consult affected neighbours by letter.  A neighbouring property is considered to be any property which shares a common boundary or lies opposite or close to the application site, where in the opinion of the casework officer the enjoyment of the property could be materially affected by the proposal.

Planning applications can be viewed at Devon County Council, Development Management, Lucombe House, County Hall, Exeter, EX2 4QW from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, or at the relevant District Council Offices during their opening hours.

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