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The planning application process

Applications go through certain stages before they can be approved. Find out more about each of the stages using this guide. You can also download this guide in PDF format using the link below.


Before an application can be officially registered it has to pass the validation stage. This is the point from when we receive an application to confirming that all the necessary information is present and other pre validation requirements have been met.

If your planning application is not valid, we will tell you the reasons why and explain what information is required in order to validate your application. If your application is considered valid, we will send you a letter confirming registration and advising you of the application number and name of your case officer.

We aim to either validate your application or send you a non-validation letter within 5 days of receipt of your application.

Full guidance, including checklists for you to use can be found at Validation requirements.