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Home > Planning > Planning Applications > Apply for planning permission > Common reasons why planning applications are not accepted

Common reasons why planning applications are not accepted

If your application is not valid, you will receive a letter which explains why and lists documents you must provide to validate your application. This letter will come from the Planning Validation Team.

Common reasons applications are judged to be invalid:

  1. The red line on location plan (showing where the site is) is missing or wrong
  2. The Block Plan is missing or incorrect
  3. The Ownership Certificate has not been completed properly
  4. The Agricultural Holding Certificate has not been completed properly (or at all)
  5. A Design and Access Statement has not been submitted
  6. The existing elevations are not correct or have not been submitted
  7. The proposed elevations are not correct or have not been submitted
  8. The wrong form has been completed
  9. The fee has not been paid
  10. Individual questions on the application forms have not been completed
  11. The proposed roof plans and or floor plans are not correct or have not been submitted

Keep document sizes as small as possible

Please note it is quicker for the Council to deal with A4 and A3 paper sizes. While larger sizes can be accepted there may be a delay as these will need to go through our print room. 

We can not accept documents larger than 10MB.

Your application may be presented to the Planning Committee in order to reach a decision. If this is the case we will need to place your drawings in a presentation. If we have to reduce the size of your drawings in order to include them in the presentation, this may reduce the quality of the drawing.

Separate your documents out if you can

It is useful to have different parts of the proposal on separate documents. For example, please make the location plan, elevations and block plan separate drawings. Do not combine them onto one document. This allows us to upload each document separately to our website and makes it easier for the public to find each document.

Please mark key dimensions on your drawings

Key dimensions are a measurement of a specific distance, for example the length of a proposed wall. They help the person viewing the plan understand the proposal better no matter how the plan is viewed. This could include on a computer, tablet, mobile or a physical "hard copy".

 

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