Revisions and amendments to planning applications

Revisions to planning applications can sometimes be received during the processing of an application and non-material amendments can be received after a decision has been made.

Revisions prior to a decision being made

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If the revision is minor in relation to the original proposal on which consultation has already occurred, especially one resulting in the applicant responding positively to the comments from consultees or neighbours, then it should be accepted; in the majority of cases no further consultations will be made and the application should proceed to the officer recommendation stage.

If the revision is such that further consultations with neighbours and the local council are considered necessary, then as long as there is sufficient time before the application expires, the revision will be accepted. If there is not sufficient time before the application expires then the revision is too significant to be accepted as part of the processing of the current planning application and can be either withdrawn or allowed to continue to determination on the basis of the original plans.

Non-material amendments can be made to planning applications after determination. This provision is in place to provide a formal method of dealing with small changes to approved schemes. The need for such amendments can arise from unexpected changes in circumstances or site conditions when the development is under way and is generally considered by developers and their agents as being helpful.

In deciding whether a change is material, a local planning authority must have regard to the effect of the change, together with previous changes made under this section, on the planning permission as originally granted.

If the extent or nature of the revisions requested exceed a non material amendment, the applicant will be advised in writing. Where appropriate, the applicant will be invited to submit a fresh planning application and advised of the likely acceptability of the proposals and any further issues to address. If made within 12 months of the original permission, such a revised application would not normally attract a new fee provided that it relates to the same site area and is substantially similar to that originally approved.