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Apply for planning permission

Understand the planning process

Once we receive your application, we will:

We will send consultations to the local parish or town council, and in some cases to other organisations such as Essex County Council's Highways Authority.             

We need to carry out a site visit for every planning application we receive. If we can see the location of your proposal from the road, we will not need to contact you to arrange a visit. If your proposal is to the rear and is not accessible, you will need to contact us to arrange a convenient time for us to visit.

We will also display an orange notice either outside or near the site. Once the date for comments has passes, you can remove the notice. The date is clearly displayed on the notice.

We don’t issue updates during the assessment period, but you can check the status of your application online.

Write a report
Your case officer will write a formal report, and recommend your application for approval or refusal.      

Our Planning Development Manager deals with most applications, under delegated powers from our Planning Committee.

We will tell you if your application is going to be dealt with by our Planning Committee.

We will aim to issue a decision within:

The decision notice will be uploaded to our website together with the officer's report.

  • Validate your application
    We will check that you have submitted all of the required documents and drawings, and you have paid the correct fee. If there are any problems, we will contact you.
  • Allocate a case officer
    We will let you know who your case officer is and how you can contact them. You should only contact your case officer if you want to change or withdraw your application or if they ask you to.
  • Notify neighbours

We will notify your immediate neighbours. During the three week notification period, they can submit objections and comments.
We suggest that you speak to your neighbours about your proposal before you submit your application.              

  • Carry out consultations
  • Visit the site
  • Assess the application
  • Make a decision
  • Issue a decision
  • 8 weeks
  • 13 weeks for applications for major developments
  • 16 weeks if your application is subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment