Planning decisions

An application can either be approved by us, normally with conditions, or refused with a justified reason. A significant number of applications are determined by our planning officers using what is known as a Scheme of Delegation, which forms part of our constitution.

In these cases, the officer will prepare a report for the development manager who will make a decision to approve or refuse the application, and impose any conditions deemed appropriate. The decision notice will then normally be dispatched to the applicant (or agent) on the same day or the following day. A copy of the decision notice will also be published on our website against the relevant planning application.

Although most applications are decided under delegated authority, applications for major developments, together with certain other categories, are determined by our Planning Committee, made up of local Councillors. Some applications may also be referred to the committee by a ward councillor.

A decision on a particular planning application can be found on our Planning Application database.

If you want copies of decision notices and other planning documents, you will need to pay a fee. For the relevant fees, please contact the Planning and Regulation Technical Support Team by email on