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Processing planning applications

Processing your application

The items which need to be included in your application are:

  • A copy of the application form and a signed certificate either confirming that you are the owner of the application site or that you have given notice to the owner and who that owner is.
  • An up to date OS based site plan clearly defining the boundaries of the application site in red and any other land in your ownership in blue. If you do not have a site plan, Ordnance Survey map extracts can be bought from the planning offices at the Allerdale House, Workington or online at the Planning Portal.
  • Include two sets of the site plan and two sets of detailed and to scale drawings of what is proposed must accompany your application.
  • In most cases it is necessary for a fee to be submitted with your application in accordance with the schedule of fees.
  • A Design and Access Statement may also be required.

If you are in any doubt as to what is required or what the planning fee should be, please contact planning services.

If you appoint an agent to act on your behalf, all correspondence will be sent to the agent who will also be contacted if information or amendments are needed. It is your agents' responsibility to keep you informed of progress with your application.

You or your appointed agent will be informed, normally within three working days, if any further information is required to make your application valid. If the requested information is not received within 28 working days the application will be withdrawn.

Valid applications will be registered and acknowledged within three working days. The acknowledgement will set out your rights and give a date by which you should have received a decision.

If the application is for a proposal that does not require planning permission you will be told about this within five working days and any planning fee paid will be refunded.

Dealing with your application

We will try to deal with your application within eight weeks although this will not always be possible.

We publicise applications and seek the views of neighbours before making a decision. Your application will be available for inspection online or you can view them at our offices at Allerdale House in Workington.

Consultation letters will be sent within five working days and if appropriate site and press notices will be displayed within ten working days. Consultees will normally be allowed twenty-one days to comment. If amended plans are received and re-consultation is considered appropriate then a reduced time for responding may be imposed.

The planning officer will normally inspect the application site. If access to the property is required the applicant or their agent will be contacted as soon as possible to make arrangements. If further information or amendments are required to the proposal these will be explained to the applicant, normally within 28 days. It may be necessary to await the end of the consultation period before making contact.

Fifteen days will normally be allowed for the submission of any further detail requested. If at the end of that period this has not been received then the Council may determine the application as submitted.

Applications will only be refused permission if they are unacceptable in principle or the necessary amendments cannot be agreed.

Whilst the planner dealing with your application may express views on the proposals, a formal decision can only be made by the Council's Development Panel or by an officer where powers have been delegated to them by the Council.

If the proposal is one to be considered by the Development Panel then objectors will be given the opportunity to address the meeting. If that occurs the applicant will be given the right to reply. There are agreed rules covering the opportunity to address the Development Panel.

Notification of the decision

A decision will normally be issued within three days of it being made. Those individuals who offered comments on the proposal will not normally be informed of the decision. The outcome of decisions can be found using our weekly application lists.

If it is necessary to refuse permission or to add condition to a permission the reason will be clearly explained and if there are any queries then a planning officer will be available to answer them.

A copy of the decision is available for public inspection as are the minutes of the Development Panel.

Appeals against decisions

There is a right of appeal against a refusal of planning permission. A similar right exists in respect of conditions that might have been added to a permission. Details of how to appeal will be given with the decision notice.

Even if an appeal has been lodged the council is willing, when appropriate, to see if the reason for refusal can be overcome and a new application submitted.

Only the applicant has a right of appeal. There is no third party right of appeal.

The Planning Inspectorate provides further information on the appeal process.

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Allerdale Borough Council
Allerdale House, Workington, Cumbria,
CA14 3YJ