Site visit and assessment

For most applications, the planning officer visits the site and take photos of the location of the proposed development. They may also take photos of properties on either side or to the rear. These help the officer to assess the proposal.

The planning officer writes a report that sets out why the proposal is or is not acceptable when assessed against the policies in our local plan.

If a proposal is acceptable, but has a potential impact you need to control, the planning officer is likely to recommend an attached condition.

Almost all permissions have a condition relating to approved plans. Often an attached condition relates to the materials you must use in the proposal.