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Planning validation requirements

Information to help you submit a valid planning application.

You must include all the necessary information with your planning application. If you do not, your application cannot be validated. When an application is received, we give it a quick check and then prioritise the potentially valid applications.

Our local requirements list clarifies what information is required for applications of a particular type, scale or location. This list is in line with the Government’s national requirements. Our local list has recently been updated to include a new requirement under “general requirements for all plans”, which states that wherever possible, plans greater than A3 in size should not be submitted.

We also have specific guidance for applications for windows and checklists which will help you submit a valid application.

On 1 October 2016 the Mayor of London applied new carbon standards to new residential and non-residential developments that might be applicable to your application.

If you have not received an acknowledgement letter or an invalid letter within two weeks of submitting your application, please contact our Business Support Team on 020 8314 7400 or email planning@lewisham.gov.uk. Please note that if your application is found to be invalid you will be given 21 days in which to make it valid. After that, it will be withdrawn.

Proposed change to the viability assessments requirement

We have reviewed our major developments planning permission checklist. Following this review, we are proposing to revise the requirement for viability assessments.

Under the proposal, you will need to submit a statutory declaration with your viability assessment confirming that the inputs, assessment and overall conclusion are a true and fair representation and are not altered in any way to influence the viability position.

The statutory declaration will be used to verify the information provided as part of the planning process. It should confirm that:

  • the assessment submitted to the Council is a true and fair reflection of the viability of the proposed development, and that costs and values in this assessment are consistent with current costs and values within (or used as a starting point for) viability assessments that have been undertaken for internal or financial purposes
  • the company undertaking the assessment has not been instructed on the basis of performance-related pay, or is incentivised in any other way according to the outcome of the viability process and the level of planning obligations that the applicant is required to provide
  • the proposed level of obligations is the maximum that can be provided and that the scheme is deliverable with this level of provision – the applicant must clearly demonstrate this with reference to viability evidence.

In addition:

  • A statutory declaration by a director of the applicant company and by finance providers may be required, which verifies that they consider the scheme as proposed to be deliverable, based on the information provided to the Council.

Give us your feedback on the proposed changes

If you have comments about the above changes, email them to planning@lewisham.gov.uk by Sunday 14 April 2019.

When the consultation closes, we will review any comments received and make any necessary and appropriate changes to the above draft revisions to the checklist.

We will then publish the revised mandatory local information requirements on our website.

Helpful information

The government's Planning Practice Guidance website provides a list of the most common national information requirements to help you submit a valid application.

The following planning applications are examples of good quality planning application drawings. You will find site plans, block plans, plans, elevations, and sections among others:

Planning validation requirement documents

Planning validation requirements from March 2018