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Planning Application National Requirements


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 national 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.                                            


Development includes building, engineering or other works, in, on, over or under land, or the making of any material change in the use of any buildings or other land. As such it should be used for:

  • Any external works relating to a flat
  • Applications to change the number of dwellings (flat conversions, building a separate house in the garden)
  • Changes of use to part or all of the property to non-residential (including business) uses
  • Anything outside the garden of the property

Major Development

Your development is considered ‘minor’ unless it meets the requirements for a major development as detailed below

‘Major Development’ is development involving any one or more of the following:

(a)  the winning and working of minerals or the use of land for mineral-working deposits;

(b)  waste development;

(c)  the provision of dwellinghouses where -

(i)             the number of dwellinghouses to be provided is 10 or more; or

(ii)            the development is to be carried out on a site having an area of 0.5 hectares or more and it is not known whether the development falls within sub-paragraph (c)(i);

(d)  the provision of a building or buildings where the floor space to be created by the development is 1,000 square metres or more; or

(e)  development carried out on a site having an area of 1 hectare or more

National Requirements

Policy / Drivers

Completed, signed and dated form

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


Ownership Certificate (A, B, C, D as applicable)

For this purpose, an owner is anyone with a freehold interest where the unexpired term is not less than 7 years.

-       Article 13 & 14 of The Town and Country Planning Development Management Procedure (England) (Order) 2015

Agricultural Holdings Certificate

-       Article 13 & 14 of The Town and Country Planning Development Management Procedure (England) (Order) 2015


The Fee

-          The correct fee, where necessary and as outlined in the The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

You can find out more about current planning fees from our website.


Location Plan

All applications must include copies of a location plan based on an up to-date map. This should be at a scale of 1:1250 or 1:2500 and identify roads / buildings to ensure the location is clear. It should show the application site edged in red and use a blue edge to show any other land owned by the applicant close to the site. A site/location plan can be purchased on-line.

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

Site Plan

A site plan should be submitted, to a stated metric scale, showing:

-       The direction of North;

-       The development in relation to the site boundaries and other existing buildings on the site;

-       All buildings, roads and footpaths on land adjoining the site, including access arrangements (where affected by the proposal);

-       All public rights of way crossing or adjoining the site;

-       The position of all trees on the site, and those on adjacent land (where affected by the proposal);

-       The extent and type of hard surfacing (where affected by the proposal); and

-       Boundary treatment including walls / fencing where proposed.

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

Design & Access Statement

A Design and Access Statement is a report accompanying and supporting a planning application that should seek to explain and justify the proposal in a structured way. The level of detail required in a Design and Access Statement will depend on the scale and complexity of the application, and the length of the statement will vary accordingly.


Design and access statements are required for:

-       Major Applications;

-       Applications in Conservation Areas or effecting World Heritage Sites, where the proposal is creating one or more dwellinghouses, or creating floorspace of 100sqm or more.


Further guidance is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/making-an-application#Design-and-Access-Statement


-       Article 9 of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure (England) (Order) 2015