How to prepare a valid planning application

Submitting a valid application is straightfoward if you follow the advice below. It explains how to ensure your application and supporting documents meet all requirements.

What do I need to submit with my application?
What if I'm asked to submit additional information?
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What do I need to submit with my application?

For an application to be valid and meet our best practice guidelines, you must submit the documents required by the development you are proposing. These documents and requirements are set out below. The government also offers guidance on making a valid application.

Please submit each document (including plans) as a separate file.

 What to submit with your application
Document What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?Requirements How to prepareBest practice examples
FORMS
Application form

a form setting out your development proposal and contact information

ALL APPLICATIONS

to process and record your application

- completed, signed and dated.

use Planning Portal or download a copy.

see detailed guidance below

application form - best practice examples [PDF | 1.01MB]

Ownership certificate  a certificate stating the ownership status of an application site ALL APPLICATIONS to confirm whether the landowner is making the application, or is aware of the application being made

This included in application form, but check this is correct

Please complete only one certificate (A, B, C, or D)

See our detailed guidance on how to prepare an application below. Application form (including ownership certificate) - best practice examples [PDF | 1.01MB]
Fee the fees set by government that must be paid for certain application types ALL APPLICATIONS the requirement for planning fees are set out by law See planning and building control fees for specific fees.  

You can pay your fee using our online service.

CIL Additional Questions form declaration of intention to pay CIL (if applicable) ALL APPLICATIONS to make sure CIL will be paid when required

relevant forms completed, and payment made (either in full or in installments)

see Planning Portal for information on what forms to submit

 

Ecology and Trees checklist  a checklist identifying potential risk to ecology and trees on your development ALL APPLICATIONS to ensure no protected habitats, wildlife, or trees are impacted by your development proposal

fully completed, with an ecology report or tree report if required

We are currently reviewing the checklist, please check back later.

 

Document What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?Requirements How to prepareBest practice examples
PLANS AND DIAGRAMS
Site / block plan a plan showing the development in relation to the boundaries and on-site buildings ALL APPLICATIONS to record the area of your application

- scaled at 1:500 or 1:200 - with scale bar

- using an up-to-date base map

- show the direction of North

show, if relevant:

- buildings

- roads

- footpaths (including public rights of way)

- trees on or adjoining the site

- hard surfacing

- boundary treatment including walls or fencing

site / location plan - guidance 
(external website)

site / location plan - buy a planning map
(external website)

site / location plan - best practice example [PDF | 1017KB]
Location plan a plan showing the development in the context of the surrounding area ALL APPLICATIONS to assess your application in the context of the neighbouring area

- scaled at 1:1250 or 1:2500 - with scale bar

- on an up-to-date base map

- show roads or buildings on land adjoining the application site

- set out the location of development with a red line, including access to the highway where needed

Please note that we can only accept one red line boundary per submission. 

- set out any additional land under the ownership of the applicant in blue, if it immediate adjoins the proposed area

Please avoid using Land Registry plans due to copyright issues

Site/Location plan - guidance (external website)

Site/Location plan - buy a planning map (external website)

Site/Location plan - best practice example [PDF | 1017KB]

Existing and proposed elevations diagrams showing what your development looks like from the outside (typically four sides of a building) ALL APPLICATIONS to assess what the finished development will look like from the outside

- be scaled at 1:100 or 1:50 - with scale bar

- show all sides of the proposal

- show the proposed works by using colour or hatching in relation to the existing

- include materials and style (where possible)

- show bin and cycle storage (for flats / terraced houses)

This must be scaled correctly.

Elevations - best practice examples [PDF| 201KB]

Existing and proposed floor plans diagrams showing the floor layout of your development on each level (typically shown top-down) ALL APPLICATIONS to assess what the finished floor plan will look like

DM43 (emerging Local Plan)

- be scaled at 1:100 or 1:50 - with scale bar

- explain the proposal in detail, and indicate where existing buildings and walls are to be demolished (preferably with a dotted line)

- show the proposed buildings in context with adjacent buildings

- show bin and cycle storage (for flats / terraced houses)

- show measured volume of gross external area (for extended / replaced dwellings or outbuildings in the green belt)

This must be scaled correctly.

Floor plans - best practice examples [PDF| 177KB]

Existing and proposed roof plans a diagram setting out the shape / design of a roof (shown from an aerial view) ALL APPLICATIONS to assess what the finished roof will look like

- be scaled at 1:100 or 1:50 - with scale bar

- include details such as the roofing material and their location

This must be scaled correctly.

 

Site sections / levels diagrams showing cross-sections of a development and surrounding land

required when works include alterations to ground levels,  including: raised / sunken patios, decking, steps, etc.

to assess the impact of your proposals on the ground levels

- be scaled at 1:100 or 1:50 - with scale bar

- show levels in context of adjoining areas with reference to an identified off-site OS datum point

- show how encroachment onto adjoining land is to be avoided (for eaves, foundations, and retaining structures)

- show the floor to ceiling level within buildings

- show any voids in the building (if any)

see OS-Net for more information on the current OS datum points used

see also information on other benchmark figures used.

 

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Document What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?Requirements How to prepareBest practice examples
SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
Agricultural Statement a statement setting out details of the agricultural holding and justification for the development sought

ALL agricultural notification applications

OR

proposals involving an agricultural holding

to assess the need for agricultural development

DM27 (emerging Local Plan)
DM42 (emerging Local Plan)
DM44 (emerging Local Plan)

the statement will set out:

- details and extent of agricultural holding

- nature of agricultural activity being carried out

- detailed justification for the development proposal

see UK Government website for general guidance planning permission and farms

Your proposal must conform to local and national planning policy
 
Air Quality Assessment a report setting out the expected change to air quality as a result of development and identify mitigation measures required for areas that fall in an Air Quality Management Area.

to ensure your development does not lead to an adverse impact on air quality

DM20 (emerging Local Plan)
NPPF paragraph 181

the assessment must include:

- baseline conditions

- assessment methodology

- construction phase impact

- development impact

- proposed mitigation measures

see Air Quality guidance on Planning Practice Guidance (external website).  
Community Needs Assessment

a report setting out evidence of research into community need and how the development proposal will impact that need

required when proposal would result in the total or partial loss of a community facility (land or building)

to prevent the loss of essential community facilities

DM29 (emerging Local Plan)
NPPF paragraph 92

 the report must include:

- details of the community use(s) that would potential be lost / partially lost by the proposed development

- statistical evidence for different community needs around the development area

- evidence of community needs (through consultation)

- other evidence of community needs that exist in the local area that could be met on the site

- methodology for undertaking the Needs Assessment
see the Council's Community Facilities SPD [PDF| 999KB]  
Design and access statement a report setting out the framework for how a site responds to its local setting, and demonstrates how it can be accessed by users

required for:

- ALL major applications

- ALL listed building consent pplications

- applications for new dwelling(s) in a conservation area.

to make sure your proposal fits in with the local area and is accessible

DM31 (emerging Local Plan)

- explain the design principles and concepts that have been applied

- demonstrate the appraisal process of the site and how that has been reflected in the design

- explain the national and local policy approach towards access

- state what consultation (if any) has been undertaken and any issues that have arisen

- explain how any specific issues which might affect access have been addressed

see Design and access statement guidance on Planning Portal (external website)

 

Ecology and Trees: Ecology report

a report summarising the findings of any ecological assessment carried out on the site

 

the Ecology and Trees checklist has indicated a report is required to ensure that protected species and habitats are not adversely harmed by development

- summarise the findings of any ecology surveys taken on the site (e.g. preliminary ecological appraisal, bat survey, etc) 

- assess the wildlife present on the site

- suggest biodiversity improvement

- assess the proposal against the policy framework

see Bucks guidance note on biodiversity and planning  [PDF | 4.3MB]

see WDC wildlife note - guidance for applicants and developers [PDF | 2MB]

see also biodiversity and geological conservation guidance on UK Government website (external website)

 
Ecology and Trees: Tree report

a report summarising the findings of any arboricultural (trees) assessment carried out on the site

the Ecology and Trees checklist has indicated a report is required to ensure that all retained trees are not adversely harmed by development

- summarise the findings of any arboricultural work for the site

- must include the appropriate level of detail as set out in Table B.1 in BS5837:2012.

- This may include an arboricultural impact assessment, an arboricultural method statement, and / or a tree protection plan

see BS5837:2012 -trees in relation to design, demolition and construction - recommendations

see also BS3998:2010 - tree works - recommendations

 
Evidence of Marketing Statement

a statement identifying how a 'scattered business site' been marketed for employment use

 

required when proposal includes the loss or partial loss / change of use of a 'scattered business site' (as defined in DM5 of the DSA plan)

to prevent the loss of necessary employment land

DM5 (DSA)
CP5 (emerging Local Plan)
NPPF paragraph 121

the statement must include:

- dates of marketing exercise

- names and addresses of agents marketing the site / premises

- publicity material for marketing purposes

- availability of marketing material

- terms of marketing exercise

- details of all inquiries made in response to marketing

see the DM5 guidance note [PDF| 162KB] for more information  
Flooding: Flood Risk Assessment a report assessing the impact of a development on flood risk and identifying mitigation measures applications in flood zone areas 2 or 3 or has over 1 hectare in flood zone 1.

to ensure your development does not lead to an adverse impact on flooding

DM39 (emerging Local Plan)
CP12 (emerging Local Plan)
NPPF paragraphs 155-165

 

requirements vary on the severity of the flood risk, but it can include:

- identifying risks of all forms of flooding to and from the development

- how these flood risks will be managed

- identify opportunities to reduce the probability and consequences of flooding

- design of surface water management systems (including SuDS)

- address the requirement for safe access to and from the development in flood risk areas

Flood risk assessment guidance on Planning Practice Guidance (external website)  
Flooding: Sequential Test Flood Risk

a test set out in the NPPF that looks to steer new development to areas with the lowest risk of flooding.

the sequential test forms part of a Flood Risk Assessment

applications in flood zone areas 2 or 3 for:

- new dwelling(s)

- non-residential schemes over 250 sqm

to compare the site you're proposing with other available sites to see which has the lowest flood risk

DM39 (emerging Local Plan)
CP12 (emerging Local Plan)
NPPF paragraphs 157-162

the document must include:

- the name and location of the site you're proposing to develop

- an explanation of why you chose that site

- details on alternative sites (name, address, whether it is allocated in the Local Plan, issues that would prevent development, estimated capacity)
- status of the Local Plan (adopted, emerging, etc)

- supporting documents about the alternative sites

- a comparison between your proposed site and the alternative sites in terms of flood risk

- a conclusion of your findings

see the guide to the Sequential Test for Applicants (external website)  
Flooding: Sustainable  Drainage Systems (SuDS) Statement

a statement that sets out how SuDS will be implemented on a development site

the SuDS statement forms part of a Flood Risk Assessment

required for:

- ALL major applications

- ALL minor applications of 3 or more dwellings

OR applications affected by:

- A Section 19 flood area

- medium or high groundwater flood risk

- surface water flood risk

- an ordinary watercourse

to demonstrate how a development can mitigate against increased flood risk

DM39 (emerging Local Plan)
CP12 (emerging Local Plan)
NPPF paragraph 163

examples of SuDS measures include:

- source control measures (including rainwater recycling and drainage)

- infiltration devices to allow water to soak into the ground

- filter strips and swales

- filter drains and porous pavements

- basins and ponds to hold excess water after rain

see BCC's Asset register to see if your proposal falls in any of the flood risk areas

see Buckinghamshire County Council's Sustainable Drainage (SuDS) guidance (external website)

see also SuDS guidance on Planning Practice Guidance (external website)

 
Heritage Asset Statement a statement that describes the significance of heritage assets (designated and non-designated) on the site, and assess the risk on heritage assets as a result of development.

required for applications that contain designated or non-designated heritage assets.

These include:

- archaeological notification sites

- conservation areas

- listed buildings

- locally listed buildings

- scheduled ancient monuments

- registered historic parks and gardens

to understand the impact of the proposal on the significance of any heritage assets.

DM31 (emerging Local Plan) 
CP11
 (emerging Local Plan)
NPPF paragraphs 184-202

the statement must include:

- a description of the heritage asset(s) on site

-an assessment of the significance of the heritage asset(s) and its setting, with particular emphasis on parts directly affected

- a description and justification of the proposed works explaining why they are necessary or desirable

- an assessment of the impact of the works on the significance of the heritage assets, using an appropriate assessment

- an explanation of how design has avoided, minimised, or mitigated any harm to significance

- (if proposal involves archaeological assets) an approprirate desk-based assessment and / or field evaluation

- evidence that the historic environment record has been consulted

See Heritage England guidance on the decision-taking in the Historic Environment (external website)  
Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) an assessment that measures the impacts of a development on landscape character and views required for:

- any significant development within the Chilterns AONB, or proposals affecting its setting

- development that affects a historic park or garden

- a number of sites allocated in the emerging Local Plan

to ensure sites that are considered sensitive in landscape or visual terms are not being adversely impacted by development

DM30 (emerging Local Plan)

the assessment should be prepared by a qualified landscape professional

the content of an LVIA should be agreed through the Planning Advice Service.

refer to the latest “Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (3rd Edition)” by the Landscape Institute. Further information can be found here.

 
Planning Statement

a statement setting out the development proposal and an assessment of the development in relation to local and national planning policy.

ALL major applications

to ensure the application conforms with local and national planning policy.

DM24 (emerging Local Plan)
CP7 (emerging Local Plan)
NPPF paragraph 34, 54-57

The statement must:

- assess the proposal in line with the local development plan

- assess the proposal in line with national planning policy

- show awareness of developer contributions expected from the proposal (including affordable housing)

see Planning Obligations guidance on Planning Practice Guidance (external website).  
Structural / Building Condition Survey a survey of the existing structure of a building and the proposals of the development for that structure

required for proposals that involve the renovation or change of use of buildings:

- in the Green Belt

- in the AONB

- elsewhere in the countryside / rural areas

to be sure the building can be genuinely reused / converted

DM45 (emerging Local Plan)

the survey must demonstrate the existing foundations, floors, walls, and roof of the building are of sound and permanent construction

please consult an appropriate qualified specialist to conduct the survey see RIBA's example of a building condition report (external website)
Town Centre Uses: Sequential Assessment an assessment for an application for 'main town centre' uses outside of an existing centre to demonstrate that there is no available land within an existing centre

required for proposals for 'main town centre uses' uses outside of a designated town centre or primary shopping area

to ensure the vitality of town centres 

DM7 (DSA)
DM10
 (DSA)
CP6 (emerging Local Plan)
NPPF paragraphs 86-90

the assessment must:

- provide a thorough assessment of all sites in the town centre and any sequentially preferable sites outside of town centres

- demonstrate the availability, suitability, and viability of the above options

see guidance on ensuring the vitality of town centres on Planning Practice Guidance (external website)

see also section 7 of the NPPF (external website)

 
Town Centre Uses: Impact Assessment an assessment for an application for retail / leisure uses on the impact of the proposal on the vitality and viability of existing retail centres  

required for proposals for 'main town centre uses' of certain thresholds NOT allocated in the development plan. The thresholds depend on the location:

- high wycombe town centre - 1,000m2 or above (gross)

- other town centres - 500m2 or above (gross)

- district centres and 3km radius - 250m2 or above (gross)

- local centres - all leisure / retail proposal

- none of the above - all leisure / retail proposals

The above locations are set out in the DSA plan. Town centre boundaries are available on MyMaps.

to assess the impact of the proposal on the vitality of the existing retail centre

DM7
 (DSA)
DM10
 (DSA)
CP6 (emerging Local Plan)
NPPF paragraph 89

the assessment must:

- assess the impact of the proposal on existing, committed, and planned public and private investment in an area

- assess the impact of the proposal on town centre vitality and viability

- assess the impact of the proposal on local consumer choice and trade in the area for up to five years (non-major applications), or ten years (major applications) from the submission of the application

see guidance on ensuring the vitality of town centres on Planning Practice Guidance (external website)

see also section 7 of the NPPF (external website)

 
Transport Assessment an assessment which looks at the transport implications of a development

required for applications that meet Buckinghamshire County Council's guideline thresholds.

For example:

- 80 or more housing units

- 800 sqm of A1 use floorspace

- 2500 sqm of B1 use floorspace

- 1500 sqm of D2 use floorspace

Please consult the assessment thresholds for a use-class break down

to assess the impact of a proposal on the existing transport network

DM2
(DSA)
NPPF paragraph 111

a transport assessment must include:

- information on the proposed development and the surrounding area

- the planning context of a development proposal

- an assessment of public transport capacity, walking / cycling capacity, parking provision, and road network capacity

- data about current traffic flows on links at at junctions

- road trip generation and trip distribution

- measures to promote sustainable travel

- measures to improve accessibility

- an analysis of the injury accident records on the public highway over a 3 or 5 year period

- safety implications of a development

- mitigation measures

- scope and implementation strategies for mitigation measures

see guidance on transport assessments on Planning Practice Guidance (external website)  
Ventilation / Extraction Statement details of the ventilation / extraction system for relevant planning applications required for proposals that require ventilation or extraction (e.g. hot food takeaway, restaurant uses, and launderettes) to ensure ventilation and extraction has been implemented in a safe and appropriate way

the statement must include details on:

- position

- design

- noise attentuation

- extraction equipment (where relevant)

see HSE guidance on ventilation (external website)  

Our Local Validation list (above) was last updated on 17 July 2019.

How do I know if my site falls in a special area / designation?

Some of the documents above only apply if your site falls within a certain area (flood zones, conservation area, etc).

To check if your proposal falls within one of these areas, please see the following resources:

  • MyMaps - part of MyWycombe, shows GIS layers for adopted planning policy and planning constraints

Please note: We are currently updating our GIS layers, in addition to the layers on MyMaps we advise that you also look at the following:

What if I'm asked to submit additional information?

During initial planning advice, or after you submit your planning application, your case officer may ask you to submit further information to support your application. By providing this information quickly and correctly it will allow us to make a decision on your application sooner. Details of these documents are set out in the table below.

Note: these documents are not required for validation, however you are encouraged to submit them with your intial application where they are relevant to your proposal. 

If you choose not to submit the below information (if relevant to your proposal), this is done at your risk. If your case officer requests these documents after you've submitted your application, you will be charged to submit the documents as an amendment.

If you are uncertain what additional information may be required to support your application, please use our Planning Advice Service.

 

Additional documents we may ask you for
Document What is it?Why is it needed?How to prepareBest practice examples
Daylight / Sunlight
assessment

an assessment of sunlight / daylight on a property and its neighbours as a result of a development

to assess the imapct of development on neighbours and assess whether adequate daylight and sunlight will be recieved by the new development

the assessment should include:

- the existing and expected levels of daylight, sunlight and overshadowing on neighbouring properties

- the measures that will be taken to mitigate against the expected impact of the proposed development

- an assessment of daylight and sunlight to be recieved by new units

 
Foul Drainage assessment a statement demonstrating and justifying the proposed connection for foul sewerage (if not connected to the mains system)

to demonstrate that the proposed means of foul sewerage system is appropriate.

proposals should prioritise the hierarchy set out in the Planning Practice Guidance:

- public sewerage plant

- treatment plant

- septic tank

- cess pit

see drainage and waste disposal: Approved Document H on UK Government website (external website)  
Land Contamination
assessment
an desk or field based assessment of existing contamination at a site a land contamination assessment is a precautionary measure to ensure that known contamination issues undergoes an appropriate risk assessment see Land Contamination guidance on Planning Practice Guidance (external website)  
Landscaping Strategy
/ Landscape Plan

a landscape strategy must set out the concepts for landscaping

a landscape plan must provide details on the species and any hard-surfacing on the site

to demonstrate the consideration of landscape and boundaries in an application, or if an outline application reserves the details of landscape matters.

see WDC guidance on planting native hedgerow species

see also WDC guidance on incorporating tree pits into proposals

 
Lighting Assessment

an assessment setting out details of number, type, location, intensity, beam orientation, and intended hours of use for any external lighting

should also include assessment of any resulting light pollution

to assess the impact of external lighting proposals on publically accessible areas, existing residential property, listed buildings, conservation areas, or open countryside

see the Institute of Lighting Professionals for guidance and useful resources

see also the Planning Practice Guidance website for guidance on light pollution.

 
Noise Assessment an assessment of the existing noise environment and / or the noise generated by the proposed development to ensure developments do not give rise to disturbance by noice, and to protect noise sensitive areas

see the World Health Organisation for more information on the dangers of noise pollution

the assessment should include:

- the scope of the report

- the methodology used (including monitoring, equipment, conditions)

- a full table of results

- a comparison of survey results with noise standards

- recommendations for noise control methods

see the Planning Practice Guidance website for information on noise issues in planning

 
Open Space
Assessment

an assessment of how the open space needs of a development will be met OR

a justification for the loss of an open space

to protect the loss of essential open space, and identify opportunities for the creation of new open space see the Open Spaces Framework [PDF | 6.46MB] for guidance on open space provision in the district  
Statement of Community
Involvement

a statement setting out the consultation process that has been undertaken prior to submitting a planning application

this is recommended for all large major applications

to conform with the council's adopted Statement of Community Involvement

the statement should set out:

- the responses recieved

- how the application has been modified to deal with concerns expressed

- evidence of conforming to 'pre-application consultation'

 
Street Scene Drawing a drawing that shows a finished view of how the proposed new building would fit in amongst the adjoining buildings to demonstrate how proposed buildings relate to existing site levels and neighbouring development

the drawings must show:

- proposed slab levels /  roof ridge height(s) / roof eaves

- existing neighouring building slab levels / roof ridge height / roof eaves height

- existing level of road outside the site

- details on how adjoining building info has been obtained

- certification of the accuracy of the representation of adjoining properties

 
Travel Plan a plan setting out the way in which transport implications of the development are going to be managed to minimise impact to provide long-term management strategies for integrating proposals for sustainable travel into development planning

travel plans should evaluate and consider:

- benchmark travel data including trip generation databases

- information concerning the natural of development and the forecast level of trips

- relevant information about existing travel habits

- proposals to reduce the need for travel to and from the site

- provision of improved public transport services

also see guidance on travel plans on Planning Practice Guidance (external website)

 
Trees: Arboricultural Impact Assessment a report summarising the findings of any arboricultural survey work carried out on the site to ensure that protected trees are not adversely harmed by development

the assessment must include:

- the tree survey

- trees selected for retention

- trees to be removed

- trees to be pruned

- areas designed for structural landscaping that require protection

- evaluation of impact on proposed tree losses

- evaluation of tree constraints

- draft tree protection plan

- issues to be addressed by an arboricultural method statement

 
Trees: Arboricultural Method Statement

methodology for the implementation of any aspect of development that is within a Root Protection Area (RPA), or has the potential to result in loss or damage to retained trees

to demonstrate that operations can be undertaken with minimal risk or adverse impact on trees to be retained

the statement should address:

- the removal of existing structures and hard surfacing

- installation of temporary ground protection

- excavations and the requirement for specialist techniques

- installation of new hard surfacing

- specialist foundations

- retaining structures to facilitate changes in ground levels

- preparatory works for new landscaping

- auditable system of arboricultural monitoring

 
Trees: Tree Protection Plan a scale drawing (overlayed onto a layout plan) showing trees for retention and illustrating the tree and landscape protection measures to plan for all construction operations that will be in the vicinity of trees

the plan could include:

- site construction access

- intensity and nature of the construction activity

- contractors' car parking

- phasing of construction works

- space needed for foundation excavations and construction works

- availability of spcial construction techniques

 
Utilities Statement a statement setting out details of the existing utilities serving a site and how utilities will be provided within the site to ensure there is no conflict between services and existing site features or proposed landscaping.

the statement should show:

- how the availability of utility services has been examined

- whether proposals would result in undue stress on the delivery of utility services

- whether proposals incorporate any utility requirements (e.g. substations, telecommunications, equipment, etc)

- how damage to trees and archaeological remains has been avoided

- how existing infrastructure is being relocated or protected (if discussions with providers requires this)

 

 

 

Need help making a valid application?

The Council offers a validation advice service to applicants wishing to ensure they make a valid planning application.

 

How to prepare an application form

You can either complete your application form online through the planning portal (external website) or by downloading a copy (external website).

Application form guidance
 Part of application form What this meansWhat do you need to submit/attach? 
 1. Site address The address of the property you are looking to submit an application form. Not applicable.
 2. Applicant details Your contact details.  Not applicable
 3. Agent details Your agent's contact details (if you're using an agent)  Not applicable
 4. Description of proposed works A description of the work you are applying for  Be specific on what is happening, not just where.
 5. Materials Details of the materials you will be using in your proposal

Specify existing materials as well as proposed materials.

Make sure to include details of the plans you will be submitting. We recommend including both existing and proposed plans and elevations of work you are applying for, these should all be named and numbered and include scale bars.

 6. Trees and hedges Details of any trees within falling distance of your proposed development You can illustrate these on your submitted plans, make sure to include the plan reference number.
 7. Pedestrian and vehicle access, roads
and rights of way
Details of any new or altered pedestrian and vehicle access points.   Not applicable
 8. Parking  Details of whether the proposed development affects existing parking arrangements.   Not applicable
 9. Site visit Details on whether the site is visible from the outside of your property.  If your proposal is in an area that is not visible from public land, the officer doing the site visit will contact you to arrange an appointment.
 10. Pre-application advice Have you used the Council's Planning Advice service? If yes, please include the reference number and the name(s) of any planning officers you have been in contact with
 11. Authority employee/member Declaration of whether you are a member of staff, an elected member, related to a member of staff, or related to an elected member of the Council  Not applicable
12. Ownership certificates and agricultural
land declaration
Confirmation as to whether you are the owner of the property - fill in the appropriate certificate

Certificate A – you are the owner and the land is not used for agricultural purposes

Certificates B, C, and D – you are the owner of the land but the land is wholly/partly in agricultural use.

 13. Declaration Confirmation that you have submitted all necessary documents, and entered correct information

Ask yourself:

  • Are my contact/address details correct?
  • Have I described the work I want to do?
  • Have I submitted the existing and proposed plans? (Floor plans/elevations/roof)
  • Do my plans have scale bars?
  • Have I completed a Design and Access statement?
  • Are there any other documents I need to submit? (see website)