Once you have submitted a valid planning application, the Local Planning Authority in question needs to make sure that they reach a decision on it within a certain timescale – this is known as the statutory determination period.

The timescale is different for this, depending on what sort of planning application it is.

For minor and householder applications, the determination period is eight weeks, for major applications it is 13 weeks, and if the application is subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment, then it is 16 weeks.

In the event that the Local Planning Authority is unable to decide the application within the relevant timescales, you should be contacted by them, to ask for your written consent to extend the decision period.

Planning applications aren’t always straightforward and it helps to have a planning expert on board, to ensure that your interests are best represented.

Our team of experienced planning advisers can help, and will manage this process on your behalf.