What happens after you submit a planning application

See the steps we take after you've submitted a planning application.

When we get your planning application we will check that it has been correctly completed and meets the national requirements. If it's correct then we will send you an acknowledgement letter with a timeline for decisions to be made. We'll then start the formal consultation period.


Planning applications are always publicised. This can involve:

  • publicising your application on a notice next to the site
  • letting neighbours know about your application
  • listing your application on our planning applications website so people can comment

Written comments will be taken into account when we make a decision on your application as long as they are relevant to the project.


You will also have a member of our planning team assigned as your case officer. They will usually make a site visit and will assess your application.

If your application is rejected

You should check the reasons why, as you might be able to submit it again with changes to improve your chance of getting approval. As a last resort you can make an appeal on your planning application.