Planning Applications - Advice articles
By virtue of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990, planning permission is required for the carrying out of development.
Development is defined as the 'carrying out of building, engineering, mining or other operations in, on, over or under land, or the making of any material change in the use of any buildings or other land'.
The governmental statutory instrument, Town & Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 as amended, grants planning permission for certain types of development of a minor character.
The Government's Planning Portal provides a general guide in respect of 'permitted development' i.e. that development in relation to which an application for planning permission is not required.
If planning permission is required, Planning Applications - Apply online or in writing sets out a step-by-step guide to making a planning application. This links to the home page of the Planning Portal and provides guidance for members of the public or professionals of most planning organisations.
A general guide to the processes undergone by planning applications is included in the Planning Portal website. From the guide it will be seen that certain applications are determined by the Planning Committee (or Basildon's case, the View details plus minutes & agendas) and some by the Planning Officer (Manager of Planning Services). The basis for deciding whether a particular application is decided at Committee or by the Manager of Planning Services, is set out in the Political Structure - Our Constitution and the way we work..
You should contact us if you have questions on any aspect of planning, if you need assistance filling in an application form or if you need to ask for specific advice regarding your application.