The validation process
After the application is received:
- We create a file and allocate an application number. This number is your planning application reference and should be quoted whenever you contact us about the application.
- The application is allocated to a planning officer.
- Once allocated, the planning officer undertakes a pre-validation check to make sure that the application meets our local requirements list.
If the application is valid
- The validation team process the application and send you an acknowledgement letter with a site notice and guidance notes.
- The validation team create a list of neighbours to consult (if appropriate).
- Letters are sent to neighbours.
- A number of statutory external and internal consultees are contacted for their comments on the application e.g. Thames Water, conservation officers, Environment Agency.
- The application is scanned and becomes available on the website.
- It is then given to the planning officer for assessment and to make a recommendation.
If the application is invalid
- You will receive an email or letter stating the reasons it is invalid.
- The application is then suspended until the requested information is received.
- The time limit for suspending the application is 21 days. After this period, the application is withdrawn and this is confirmed by either letter or email.
- Once an application has been withdrawn, you will need to submit a new application.
For guidance on time periods for determining applications, please visit the government's Planning Practice Guidance website.