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Decision making

Our administration mechanisms ensure that the relevant dates are recorded upon receipt and registration of applications and any other relevant correspondence, providing the relevant target times for the application process, including consultation periods and target date for determination.

This provides officers with the opportunity to review progress of an application against these dates and prioritise action as appropriate to ensure a decision is issued and received within the timescales required.

1. Planning applications

The target date for determination of a planning application is 8 weeks from receipt of a valid application. Determination of an application will either be an approval with conditions or a refusal with reasons. Applications will not automatically go to committee for determination and may be determined under other levels of delegation as appropriate in each case.

2. Permitted development

Development permitted under the GDPO does not require an application to be submitted to us for determination.

3. Prior notification

The local planning authority must process a prior notification, determine whether prior approval is required, and grant or refuse prior approval within 56 days. Determination where prior approval is required will be either to grant approval (there are no statutory powers to impose conditions) or refuse with reasons, the proposal on design and siting grounds only. A prior approval decision on a prior notification application will not automatically be determined at committee and may be determined under other levels of delegation as appropriate in each case.

Right of appeal

There is a right of appeal for the applicants against the refusal of a prior notification application or for a refusal of planning permission or the imposition of unacceptable conditions on any permission granted.

Challenges by third parties

An application for judicial review can be made within three months flowing the date of decision. Judicial review is a type of court proceeding in which a judge reviews the lawfulness of a decision or action made by a public body. In other words, judicial reviews are a challenge to the way in which a decision has been made, rather than the principles of the conclusion reached.

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