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Planning Applications for Minerals and Waste Development, and the County Council's Own Development

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Minerals & Waste Applications

Question 1:   For which types of development should planning permission be sought from the County Council?

Question 2:   If the application is not for a minerals or waste management development, to whom should I apply for planning permission?

Question 3:   Do I need to apply for planning permission?

Question 4:   How do I apply for planning permission for a development?

Question 5:   How long does it take to get a decision?

Question 6:   Why does it sometimes take so long to get a decision?

Question 7:   What fees are payable?

Question 8:   How do Devon County Council let the community know about planning applications?

Question 9:   Where can full planning applications be viewed?

Question 10:   What happens when I object to or support a planning application?

Question 1:   For which types of development should planning permission be sought from the County Council?
All planning applications relating to minerals or waste management development should be made to the County Council. These applications are collectively known as County Matters.

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Question 2:   If the application is not for a minerals or waste management development, to whom should I apply for planning permission?
Planning applications for all other types of development should be made to the appropriate District, City or Borough Council.  To contact them, please click on the link below.

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Question 3:   Do I need to apply for planning permission?
Guidance on whether planning permission is required for a specific development can be obtained from planning officers within the Development Management Group at County Hall. Pre-application advice is free; prospective applicants are encouraged to seek advice as to the viability of an application, and to discuss their proposals prior to submitting an application. These discussions are confidential.

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Question 4:   How do I apply for planning permission for a development?
Applications to carry out developments should be submitted to the Director of Environment, Economy and Culture at Devon County Council. Applicants are advised to contact the Development Management Group prior to submitting an application in order to arrange pre-application discussions with a planning officer.

To submit a planning application for a minerals or waste development, please follow the relevant link below:

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Question 5:   How long does it take to get a decision?
Applications for minor developments that do not attract significant objections may be decided within 8 weeks, however major applications may take longer.

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Question 6:   Why does it sometimes take so long to get a decision?
Planning applications can be complex, and as a result the County Council would prefer to negotiate and take longer in order to achieve a better result. This can mean that decisions are sometimes delayed. The main reasons for delay can be:

  • Because the application is not complete.
  • If new information comes to light as a result of consultation responses, leading to a need to ask for changes to proposals
  • If the County Council need to re-consult on amended plans
  • Having to wait for the next available committee date
  • If the decision needs to be accompanied by a legal agreement to secure off-site works or other developer contributions (Planning Obligations)

Many of these delays listed above can be overcome or reduced by talking to the County Council before you submit a planning application.

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Question 7:   What fees are payable?
Planning fees vary according to the type and size of the development. For the Guide to Planning Fees, please click on the link below:

For any further advice on planning fees, please contact the Development Management Group:

Development Management
Environment, Economy & Cuture Directorate
Devon County Council
ABG Lucombe House
County Hall
Topsham Road
Exeter
EX2 4QD

Tel: 01392 381267
Fax: 01392 381459

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Question 8:   How do Devon County Council let the community know about planning applications?
For every planning application where the County Council is the determining authority, they always do the following:

  • Put a site notice on the application site
  • Publish the application on the County Council's website as part of the monthly list of planning applications received and indicating which of their case officers is dealing with the proposal. (Follow the link below to view monthly lists of planning applications received by the County Council.)

                   Planning Applications Received

  • Consult affected neighbours by letter. Neighbouring properties are considered to be; any property which shares a common boundary or lies opposite or close to the application site, where in opinion of the casework officer, the enjoyment of the property could be materially affected by the proposal.
  • Consult the relevant District Council, Parish Council, the Environment Agency and the County Council's own highways development management officers.

For major applications which the County Council are responsible for determining, they also;

  • Advertise the application in a locally circulating newspaper (some District Councils advertise County Council applications in their own weekly lists)
  • Consult other Agencies and organisations where their response would be relevant to the proposal.

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Question 9:   Where can full planning applications be viewed?
Planning applications can be viewed at the Environment, Economy and Culture Directorate Offices at County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter from 9:30am until 4:30pm (Monday to Friday) or at the offices of the District Council within which the application falls, during their opening hours.

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Question 10:   What happens when I object to or support a planning application?

  • Letters of representation (including fax or e-mail);

Normally these will be acknowledged within 5 working days. Any representations made will be placed on a public file and will be available for public inspection. The representations will be also available to the applicant and may be used as the basis for negotiations if they raise issues that could be resolved by amending the proposal.

  • Petitions and standard letter/postcard campaigns;

The County Council does not have the resources to individually acknowledge large numbers of communications sent in this way. When petitions are received. we will normally address subsequent correspondence only to the organiser or to the first name on the list. Certain issues have led to the receipt of thousands of identical postcards or replicated letters sent to the County Council. In such circumstances they will endeavour to contact the representatives of any groups or organisations associated with such campaigns or, if this is not clear, by issuing a press release.

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