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Minor material amendments

An amendment that cannot be treated as a “non-material amendment” would require a new freestanding planning permission, either by way of a “minor material amendment” to an existing planning permission or by way of a new planning application.

We prefer to receive all such applications via the Planning Portal.


What is a “minor material amendment”?

There are no set criteria to determine what constitutes a “minor material amendment”. However, the Government has defined this type of change as being "one whose scale and nature results in a development which is not substantially different from that which has been approved"

The Council consider the following to normally take a development beyond the scope of the permission and will therefore require a fresh application to be submitted:

  • Significant increase in the volume of the building/extension
  • Significant increase in the height of the building/extension
  • Changes which would conflict with a condition on the original approval
  • Additional and/or repositioned windows/doors/openings that will have an impact on neighbouring properties
  • Changes which would alter the description of development from the original application
  • Amendments that would warrant re-consultation either of neighbours, council departments or statutory bodies


What is the process for applying for a minor material amendment?

The government has advised that applications for minor material amendments should be made by way of a variation of condition application. However, the Council will also accept applications for amendments to planning permission which are submitted as a new planning application under the standard application forms. Dependent upon the nature of the development, there will be instances where, in terms of the application fee, it is sometimes more beneficial to submit one type of application over the other. Applicants therefore have the benefit of deciding which application type to submit.

Downloadable Documents

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File nameSizeApproximate Download time
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerApplication for removal or variation of a condition following grant of planning permission in PDF format46522 Kb110 mins 46 secs @ 56k, 3 mins 11 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerApplication for Planning Permission in PDF format90134 Kb214 mins 36 secs @ 56k, 6 mins 9 secs @ 2mb

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