Once an application has been submitted, it will go through the following process:
- A validation check to ensure the forms are properly completed, drawings included, and the correct fee paid;
- Consultation process. In general these cover : (i) publicity including neighbour notification; (ii) obtaining the views of statutory and non-statutory consultees;
- A site visit by the case officer to assess the impact of the application;
- Consideration of the application by the case officer against existing Council policies and standards, any past history of decisions on that site or similar applications, and any representations that may have been received;
- The application will then be determined under delegated powers by the Head of Planning & Regeneration or by the Planning & Development Committee
- Once a decision has been made, a decision notice is issued.
You are welcome to contact the case officer handling an application to discuss its progress and provide any information relating to the case. You can also monitor the status of an application using the Council’s online Register of Planning Applications.
Local planning authorities are required to deal with an application within prescribed time periods. The Council aims to deal with most applications within the statutory 8 week time period, and 13 weeks for major applications.
Third parties/commenting on an application
Neighbours and other third parties are entitled to comment on an application submitted. These comments can be made on-line through the Council’s online Register of Planning Applications, or in writing to the Head of Planning and Regeneration, within 21 days of notification of the application.
Planning applications may be inspected by:
Visiting the main reception at Daneshill House, Danestrete, Stevenage
Monday to Thursday - 9.00am to 5.00pm
Friday - 9.00am to 4.00pm
- By using the Council’s online system
In the event of an application being decided by the Planning and Development Committee, there is the opportunity for people to put their views directly to the Committee.
If the applicant is not happy with the decision that has been made, they have the right to appeal to the Secretary of State, but they have to do so within six months of the decision.