The case officer will assess your planning application on the basis of the policies in the development plan and any other material consideration.
A written report will be prepared on the application which will detail the planning matters taken into account before reaching a decision. The report is kept on the application file.
If the application is acceptable in principle, but perhaps needs changes in detail to bring it in line with policy, we will normally negotiate with you.
We aim to make decisions on most of the more straightforward planning applications within eight weeks. More complex applications will take longer as they often involve collecting and considering the views of government agencies and expert advisors, neighbours and possibly objectors to the development. An application involving an Environmental Impact Assessment is more complex and 16 weeks is the normal time set to decide such applications.
If the decision will take longer we will discuss a revised timetable with you. You have a right of appeal if the decision is not made in the agreed timescale but you are advised to discuss this further with your case officer.