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Planning application local requirements for submitting plans

Introduction

Submitting your application can be made easier by ensuring you have submitted all of the necessary information. Should important information be missing from your application, the application will be made invalid whilst we wait for the relevant information to be submitted.

This list of  local requirements covers most application types, although in some instances additional information may be required. In these cases, you will be notified in writing by the Planning Officers.

Submitting plans

One of the most common reasons applications are made invalid is because plans have not been submitted correctly or are omitted. Plans are necessary to ensure planners, statutory (where applicable) and neighbour consultees can understand the development proposal. The following table provides guidance on what additional plans are required for different development types.

Local requirementsApplication type / RequirementGuidancePolicy/drivers

Existing and Proposed Elevations (at a scale of 1:50 or 1:100 or 1:200)

All applications where alterations or new building work will be involved and display of advertisements.

These should show clearly the proposed works in relation to what’s existing. All elevations of the proposal must be shown and these should indicate, where possible, the proposed building materials and the style, including materials of finish of windows and doors. Blank elevations should also be included.

Where a proposed elevation adjoins another building or is in close proximity, the drawings should clearly show the relationship between the buildings, and detail the positions of the openings on each property. A linear scale bar must be included on each drawing.

Article 7 of The Town and Country Planning Development Management Procedure (England) (Order) 2015

Existing and Proposed Floor Plans (at a scale of 1:50 or 1:100 or 1:200)

All Applications

These should explain the proposal in detail. Where existing buildings or walls are to be demolished these should be submitted to demonstrate how proposed buildings relate to existing site levels and neighbouring development. Such plans should show existing site levels and finished floor levels (with levels related to a fixed datum point off site) and also show the proposals in relation to adjoining buildings. A linear scale bar must be included on each drawing. A graphic linear scale bar must be included on each drawing.

For major development please refer to website 'Gross Internal Area Floorspace Assessment utilising the RICS Code of Measurement Practice

Article 7 of The Town and Country Planning Development Management Procedure (England) (Order) 2015

Existing and Proposed Site Sections and Finished Floor and Site Levels (at a scale of 1:50, 1:100 or 1:200)

All applications involving new building work, alterations to buildings or display of advertisements. 

Such plans drawn at a scale of 1:50 or 1:100 should show a cross section(s) through the proposed building(s).

For applications involving advertisement consent, such plans should show a cross-section through the advertisement and associated elevation.

Full information should be submitted to demonstrate how proposed buildings relate to existing site levels and neighbouring development. Such plans should show existing site levels and finished floor levels (with levels related to a fixed datum point off site) and also show the proposals in relation to adjoining buildings.

 

Article 7 of The Town and Country Planning Development Management Procedure (England) (Order) 2015

Roof Plans (at a scale of 1:50 or 1:100 or 1:200)

All applications where alterations to an existing roof are proposed or new building work will be involved.

A roof plan is used to show the shape of the roof and is typically drawn at a scale smaller than the scale used for the floor plans. Details such as the roofing material and their location are typically specified on the roof plan. A linear scale bar must be included on each drawing.

Article 7 of The Town and Country Planning Development Management Procedure (England) (Order) 2015

THE FOLLOWING IS NOT AN ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENT BUT PROVIDING THIS INFORMATION WILL ASSIST THE LOCAL AUTHORITY.

 

Gross Internal Area Floorspace Assessment utilising the  RICS Code of Measuring Practice

Full planning, outline & reserved matters applications and any minor material amendment applications seeking to make changes to floorspace providing 10 or more residential units and/or 1,000sqm of non-residential floorspace

Where provided applications are required to complete a GIA Floorspace Assessment.


This must be completed by a separate/third party RICS qualified surveyor.

The GIA Floorspace Assessment will:

  • Include Gross Internal Area floorspace as specified by the RICS Code of Measuring Practice including, but not limited to, plant rooms, undercroft parking, inset balconies, lift shafts, stairways and core area
  • Include a floorspace schedule detailing GIA floorspace figures for each use class over each floor level and relevant tenure types which is consistent with, and corresponds to   colour coded & measured plans provided
  • Include commentary identifying and demonstrating  how shared and/or communal floorspace is  shared between tenures and/or use classes

Regulations 40 & 49 of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010