Making a planning application
How to make a planning application.
Application forms and guidance notes can also be obtained from the planning control team. We will need details of the proposed scheme to ensure the appropriate application pack is sent out. The application pack will contain the relevant application forms, together with guidance notes advising the applicant of the information required with the application, and the number of copies that need to be submitted.
Major developments / special projects
In respect of larger, more complicated schemes, it is highly recommended (and common practice) that developments enter into negotiations with the Planning Applications Team prior to submitting an application. Negotiations in relation to these schemes is likely to continue after the submission of the application until the application has been decided. These applications often require extensive supporting information, which will normally include an Environmental Impact Assessment. Major developments will typically require a Design and Access Statement (DAS) to be submitted as a part of the planning application.
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
Proposals which are likely to give rise to significant environmental effects must be accompanied by an environmental statement. This looks at the potential environmental effects of the proposals and the scope for modifying or mitigating them. It is at the pre-application stage that consideration of the need for an EIA should take place. The formal process undertaken by the planning authority in determining whether an EIA is required is known as a 'screening opinion'.
In the event of an EIA being required, then a second process, known as a 'scoping exercise' is carried out to determine the exact content of the resulting Environmental Statement (this is the document generated following the EIA process). The EIA is an important method of assessing the likely environmental effects of a new development. The preparation of an Environmental Statement ensures that the impacts of a development are fully understood and taken into account before the development is allowed to proceed.