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Decisions and appeals

Most decisions about applications are made by our planning officers.

Large or controversial applications are dealt with by the Planning and Regulation Committee.

The timescales for issuing decisions are:

  • 8 weeks for minor applications
  • 13 weeks for major applications, including minerals and waste 
  • 16 weeks for applications accompanied by an environmental statement

We will contact the applicant or your agent if we need to agree more time.

All decisions will take into account planning legislation, national and local planning policies and all comments. 


Only the applicant has a right of appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.

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