Most planning decisions are made within eight weeks. Simple applications are often dealt with more speedily, whilst complicated ones can take longer. This is what happens to a planning application during that time.
Once an application is received, it is validated; that is we check to make sure that the correct forms, ownership certificates, drawings and supporting information and documents have been submitted. If the application is complete it is then registered and included on our planning register displayed on our website.
Neighbours and any other relevant parties are notified of the application in accordance with council’s policy and legislative requirements and invited to make comments (In respect to applications for Lawful Development Certificates - consultation is not carried out as these applications are a determination of facts and not assessed against policies). A Planning Officer will then visit the site and carefully consider all the information, including any comments, before writing a report recommending the application either for approval (with or without conditions) or refusal.
The chart below shows typical stages of a planning application.
Once the decision has been made a decision notice is sent to the applicant or agent, if one has been used, informing them of the decision. Anyone who has commented on an application will also be notified. All decisions are published on a public register which is available to view online at www.crawley.gov.uk/plansearch .
There can be several outcomes to a planning decision:
In instances of non compliance with approved conditions or a refusal of a retrospective application the council may look to take enforcement action .
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