In most cases planning permission is required to carry out development and we encourage you to discuss your proposals with us before you submit your application. You will be advised about which forms need to be completed, the sort of issues that you will need to address in your application and whether your application is likely to be acceptable in planning terms.
The starting point for all applications is that they should be in accordance with the approved statutory development plan, the Nottinghamshire Minerals Development Plan documents and the Waste Development Plan documents and the district councils' Local Plans. Applications also need to comply with any other relevant planning guidance and policies. However, in exceptional circumstances 'material considerations' can, depending on the circumstances, justify granting planning permission as a departure from the Development Plan.
Some minor works are deemed to be what is known as 'permitted development' and therefore do not require a planning application to be made – please check with us if you think the works you are proposing may fall into this category.
From 1st July 2014 Nottinghamshire County Council will be charging for the pre-application service it provides. The level of fee will depend on the scale and nature of the development. Some advice, including confirmation as to whether planning permission is required, will continue to be provided free of charge. Full details of the fee levels are set out below.
In order to request pre-application advice please complete the request form below. This should be returned to us along with the relevant fee and the Information required as detailed below.
We will aim to respond to your request within the timescale set out below. If a meeting is required we will contact you to arrange this at a mutually convenient time.
- a location plan at 1:1250 or 1:2500 identifying the site and means of access;
- details, with photos where relevant of the existing site including topography, site ownership, and details of what is considered to be the lawful use of the land and/or buildings;
- a full description of the proposals including a schedule of all proposed uses. Where new buildings are proposed drawings and illustrative material should accompany the request;
- for minerals and waste proposals information about quantities to be extracted or processed per annum and likely timescales should be submitted;
- any additional information that can help demonstrate the impact of the proposal on its surroundings.
What the Council will provide in response
- a summary of planning policies or guidance relevant to the proposal and details of the site's planning history;
- details or any likely relevant planning constraints such as ecological designations, heritage assets or flood risk potential;
- details of any consultation undertaken and responses from those parties;
- the requirements for a formal planning application submission, including potential Legal Agreements and Environmental Statements;
- advice on which other bodies should be contacted and community engagement to be undertaken prior to making a formal submission;
- any other information deemed to be relevant.
Responses to advice relating to significant and major proposals would be provided by letter or email within 20 working days of receiving all relevant information. Although where specialist advice needs to be sought, such as from an ecological officer or an external consultee, or a site or office based meeting is deemed necessary then the timeframe is to be separately agreed between the Authority and the prospective applicant.
Responses to requests for pre-application advice on minor proposals and any other development will be made within 15 working days (subject to the same provisos outlined above).
Any advice in relation to pre-application enquiries is given by officers in good faith, without prejudice to the formal consideration of any subsequent planning application which will be subject to wider consultation and publicity and ultimately determined by the County Council.
The County Council be not be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, the use of the advice.
The pre-application advice given may not necessarily be exhaustive but is intended to highlight the main issues that need to be considered as part of any subsequent planning application. Should the detail or the nature of the proposal change from those given, further advice should be sought prior to the submission of an application.
Freedom of Information
Although the County Council do not routinely publicise the details of pre-application discussions, disclosure of information regarding enquiries for pre-application advice may be requested by a third party. Subject to certain exemptions, such as commercially sensitive and confidential information, we are obliged to provide this information. It is therefore important that you bring to the Council’s attention any information which you consider may, if disclosed, prejudice your commercial interests or would breach confidentiality. You should set out in writing the reasons why, and for what period, this information needs to remain confidential. It is then for the Council to decide whether it believes the information falls into these exempt categories if a Freedom of Information request is subsequently received.
Nottinghamshire County Council's Policy on the Validation Requirements for Planning Applications
Since 2008 local planning authorities have had to publish a list of information they require to "validate" the planning applications they receive. The process, known as validation, allows us to decide whether we have all the correct and adequate information to enable us to make a decision on a planning application. The Validation list forms two components; the national requirements, including the planning application form, the correct fee and certificates etc. and secondly, the local validation requirements known as the "local list".
The County Council has recently updated its Validation document to reflect policy and legislative changes. It was adopted as Council policy on 5 February 2014.
A copy of the list may be viewed and downloaded below.
The following documents contained within the 'Further Information' section of the Validation Guidance document, have been cancelled following the launch of the Planning Practice Guidance Suite on the 6 March 2014.
- Circular 02/99 - Environmental Impact Assessment
- Planning Obligations: Practice Guidance 2006, and
- Planning for Biodiversity and Geological Conservation: A Guide to Good Practice (2006)
These documents may have been superceded by the Planning Practice Guidance Suite which can be viewed online.
The forms below can be completed and sent to us by post or electronically (view our contact details), along with all supporting documents. If you are supplying supporting documents electronically, please send them in PDF, JPG, PNG or Microsoft Word format. We do not currently offer online payments, so payments must be posted.
Planning applications (with the exception of minerals applications) can be submitted online via the Planning Portal. Alternatively, the relevant form can be printed from the list below for accompanying a postal application.
When submitting applications relating to County Council developments under regulation 3 via the Planning Portal, please ensure that the regulation 3 tick box is selected in order to apply to the County Council Authority. Alternatively if submitting by post, please choose the relevant application form in the list below as normal.
Planning permission for quarries, open-cast and underground mining, landfill sites, and oil/gas wells
To find out if you need planning permission for quarries, open-cast and underground mining, oil and gas wells, landfill sites, and sewerage treatment works, please contact us.
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