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Local List and Validation Requirements

From the 1 August 2013, new rules came into force which changed what information is required to be submitted in support of an application.

The changes introduced by the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) (Amendment) Order 2013 mean that our Local List of Information Requirements will no longer be used in the validation of planning applications and instead applicants will only need to provide the mandatory national information set out in the Development Management Procedure Order 2010 (as amended).

This information consists of:

  • a completed standard planning application form, ownership and agricultural holding certificates; and
  • all information as specified and required by the standard application form including (where relevant) a supporting Flood Risk Assessment and/or Tree Survey, for further information see below; and
  • a plan which identifies the land to which the application relates i.e.: a location plan or red-line plan based on an up-to-date Ordnance Survey map. This should be drawn at a metric scale of 1:1250 or 1:2500, or 1:5000 or 1:10,000 for large sites; and
  • a site plan which should be drawn at an identified metric scale; and
  • any other plans, drawings and information necessary to describe the development which is the subject of the application (eg elevation plans, roof plans.

Details of what should be included on the location and site plans can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions page of the Planning Portal.

The rules mean that Design and Access Statements will also only be required for the following types of application/development:

  • 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
  • the provision of a building or buildings in a conservation area where the floor space created by the development is 100 square metres or more; or
  • development carried out on a site having an area of 1 hectare or more; or
  • applications for listed building consent.

For the avoidance of doubt, a Design and Access Statement will therefore no longer be required for the following types of application:

  • applications made to vary or remove conditions attached to an existing planning permission (eg application made pursuant to Section 73 of the TCP Act 1990); or
  • applications to renew an extant planning permission; or
  • applications for engineering or mining operations; or
  • applications for a material change in use of the land or buildings; or
  • applications for waste related developments.

Flood Risk Assessment

You need to do a flood risk assessment for most developments within one of the flood zones.

This includes developments:

  • more than 1 hectare (ha) in flood zone 1; and
  • all proposals for new development located in Flood Zones 2 and 3 including minor development and change of use; and
  • all applications that are less than 1 ha in flood zone 1 where the proposed development (or change of use to a higher vulnerability classification of development) may be subject to sources of flooding other than rivers or sea (eg, surface water drains, reservoirs); and
  • in an area within flood zone 1 which has critical drainage problems as notified by the Environment Agency.

Contact your local planning authority to check if your development site is in an area identified as having critical drainage problems.

A Flood Risk Assessment is not required for development proposals not falling within the categories above.

For further guidance please see the Department for Communities and Local Government Planning Practice Guidance: Flood risk assessment for planning applications

Tree Survey

A Tree Survey will be required to accompany your planning application where there are existing trees or hedges within or adjacent to the development site; and

  • which would be removed or lost as a result of the development; and/or
  • involve the carrying out of works or operations in close proximity to such trees; and/or hedges which could impact upon their root systems and/or future health.

A Tree Survey will not be required where existing trees or hedges would not be affected either directly or indirectly by the development.

A Tree Survey will require all trees and hedges to be numbered on the site plan, with details of their species, age, condition, and details of the means of protecting them during any works (where they are to be retained). If trees or hedges are required to be removed as a result of the development details of any replacement/compensatory planting shall be provided within the application.

Information requirements

We encourage applicants to seek pre-application advice from us to ensure that we receive sufficient information so as to avoid having to invalidate applications; to enable us to properly understand and consider the potential impacts of a development (e.g. noise surveys, ecological assessments, etc); and to deal with quality planning applications in a timely manner.

Pre-application advice is currently a free service and is available depending on our available resources, however, should you wish to make a request this should, in the first instance, be made in writing or directed to our dedicated email address Any request made should provide as much information as possible about the proposed development including information to identify the site, draft plans and brief details of the proposed development.

Where a pre-application discussion has taken place and we have previously advised that information will be required and it is not submitted with the application, we will request such information before the application is validated.

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Last updated: 5 December 2017

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