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Guidance on completing a planning application

Guidance on submitting a planning application can be found on the Planning Portal website. You may find it helpful to refer to this guidance before submitting your application.


For applications in relation to listed building consent, advertisement consent and applications for outline permission please contact our Technical Support Team on 01344 352000 for further guidance.

To make a valid planning application we require the following information. Please note, however, that there may be circumstances where we need further information from you.

Validation requirements

Standard application form (this form includes the ownership certificates).

  • applicants who apply for permission or consent on a paper copy of the standard form must provide the original plus two copies of the form
  • applicants should answer all questions on the form
  • ownership certificate and agricultural land declaration are to be completed, submission of paper copies to be signed and dated and the original certificate to be included in the submission
  • if certificate B is completed a notice must be served on all owner(s) of the application site


All plans must be of sufficient quality to scan. It would also be preferable to have a scale bar on all drawings/plans and for any “do not scale” disclaimers to be removed.

When submitting a planning application, please be aware that we will not be able to upload any single document over 5mb to our planning system. This applies to documents submitted through the planning portal or emailed to us.

Location plan

This should be at an identified standard metric scale (typically 1:1250 or 1:2500, but wherever possible, plans should be scaled to fit onto A4 or A3 paper size).

Some guidelines are:

  • plans should identify and name sufficient roads and/or buildings on land adjoining the application site to make sure that the exact location of the application site is clear
  • the application site should be edged clearly with a red line, it should include all land necessary to carry out the proposed development – for example, land required for access to the site from a public highway, visibility splays, landscaping, car parking and open areas around buildings
  • a blue line should be drawn around any other land owned by the applicant, close to or adjoining the application site
  • both the red and blue lines must be continuous and not broken

Block plan (or site plan)

The plan should be drawn to an identified standard metric scale (typically 1:200 or 1:500). It should accurately show:

  • the direction of north
  • the proposed development in relation to the site boundaries and other existing buildings on the site
  • other information may be required to be shown if it would influence or affect the proposed development, please refer to Planning practice guidance

Existing and proposed elevations and floor plans

These must show full elevations and not part. All plans should be drawn to a recognised scale of 1:50 or 1:100.

Please note that if you are making a householder application where single storey extensions only are proposed, we will accept existing and proposed elevations and floor plans incorporated into one drawing as long as the existing and proposed elements can be clearly seen and distinguished.

Roof plans

The roof plan should be at a scale of 1:100 or 1:200. We require roof plans for all applications that involve changes to the roof of the existing buildings. They are not required for householder applications unless the roof shape of an existing roof will change.

Householder checklist

Please refer to the householder checklist. This sets out which documents you should submit for each type of development.

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The correct fee

Most planning applications require a fee. See a Guide to the fees for planning applications in England.

Alternatively, please call us and we will advise you on the fee required for your application.

Contact information

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