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Officer Decisions

Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment - Dave Black

Summary of Matter or Issue Requiring Decision:

To approve the adoption of the revised validation requirements for the submission of planning applications.

Decision Taken:


Summary of Reason(s) for Decision Taken:

As set out in the National Planning Policy Framework, local planning authorities should publish a list of their information requirements for planning applications, which should be proportionate to the nature and scale of development proposals and reviewed on a frequent basis. The Planning Practice Guidance recommends the local list to be reviewed every two years. Devon County Council’s existing Validation Requirements were adopted on 14th September 2015 and, therefore, a review has taken place.

The review has followed the process recommended by the Planning Practice Guidance. A review of the existing local list resulted in a number of updates being required. A consultation took place between the 4th August 2017 and the 8th September 2017on these proposed changes. One response was received which considered that minor proposals should not have to provide a number of documents, for example a planning statement. It is considered the circumstances in which documents are required are reasonable; however, amendments have been made to make it clear that these documents should be proportionate and specific to the development.

Taking this response into account, and the subsequent alterations, it is recommended that the revised local list is adopted to provide up to date requirements for planning applications.

Summary of Alternatives or Options considered and rejected:

Without an adopted local list planning applicants would be required only to provide a minimal level of information as set out In the national requirements. This would be likely to result in inadequate information submitted with planning applications leading to poorer decision making and delays in the planning process.

Details of any conflict of interest and dispensation granted to the Officer taking the decision or by any Member of the Council in delegating responsibility for any specific express delegation:


Contact for enquiries/further information:
Emily Harper 01392 383000 /
Decision Date:
10 November 2017

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