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How to make a planning application

6 December 2018

All necessary forms and guidance for making a planning application to Essex County Council are available online for ease of access. The preferred method of submission is to make an application online, using the Planning Portal. However, applications can also be made directly to ECC by email or post.
 
For applications submitted via the Planning Portal, the fee payment will be taken with the application submission. Instructions for payment, including the types of payment accepted, will be provided on the Planning Portal at the time of submission.  Please note that cheques, in this instance, will need to be made payable to Portal Plan Quest Limited and sent to Planning Portal, PO Box 17512, Floor 7, Birmingham B2 2LR.   
 
Applications submitted directly to ECC by email or post (i.e. not via the Planning Portal) should be sent to the County Planning Team. The preferred method of payment, in this instance, is an online payment.  Alternatively payment can be made by cheque (payable to Essex County Council) and submitted with the application. In order to validate your application the correct fee must be submitted, please see Planning Portal Fee Calculator.
 
The Revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published on 24 July 2018 and requires planning authorities to publish a list of requirements for applications. In order to comply with these requirements Essex County Council’s Planning Team has produced Local Validation Requirement Lists for Regulation 3 applications, Mineral applications and Waste applications. 
 
All applications to Essex County Council must meet national validation requirements and local validation requirements. Local validation requirements are outlined in two checklists:

 

 

Failure to supply the information listed in the checklist in the manner specified will delay validation and consideration of an application. Most applications (please refer to the Validation checklists above) are required to be accompanied by a Biodiversity Checklist (signed and dated).

 
Further information on the 1APP forms is available from the planning portal, or by contacting the County Planning team directly. Information regarding the new fee structure for planning applications is available from the Planning Portal Fee Calculator, the Office of Public Sector Information or by contacting the County Planning team.
 
In addition to the application form and other supporting documentation as listed in the validation checklists, certain types of development also require an Environmental Impact Assessment to be carried out. Developers should contact the County Planning team at the pre-application stage to see whether an Environmental Impact Assessment is required. Details on ECC’s pre-application advice and procedures can be found here.
 
Free independent and professional help, advice and support on planning issues for people and communities who cannot afford to hire a planning consultant is available from Planning Aid, which provides independent advice that complements the work of local authorities. 
 

Forms and guidance 

Application for Planning Permission 

Standard full planning application form and guidance are available to assist with completion.
 

Application for outline planning permission with some matters reserved 

Planning application form for ‘in principle’ consent where details of any of the following criteria have not been given in the application.
  • Access – to the site and within the site
  • Appearance – visual impact of site
  • Landscaping – treatment of land to enhance or protect amenities
  • Layout – situation and orientation of buildings, routes and open spaces in relation to each other
  • Scale – the height, width and length of each building within the development
  • Design – the form and function of the development
  • Siting – where the development is located 
 

Application for outline planning permission with all matters reserved 

Planning application form and guidance for ‘in principle’ consent where details of all of the following criteria have not been given in the application.
  • Access – to the site and within the site
  • Appearance – visual impact of site
  • Landscaping – treatment of land to enhance or protect amenities
  • Layout – situation and orientation of buildings, routes and open spaces in relation to each other
  • Scale – the height, width and length of each building within the development 
 

Application for planning permission and listed building consent for alterations, extension or demolition of a listed building 

Planning application form and guidance for an application involving the alteration, extension or demolition of a listed building that is not in a conservation area. Listed building consent is separate from planning permission, but application for both is made on a single form. 
 

Application for listed building consent for alterations, extension or demolition of a listed building 

Listed building consent application form for alterations, extension or demolition of a listed building where no planning permission is required. Clarification as to whether planning permission is required should be sought, prior to application, from the County Planning team.
 

Application for a Lawful Development Certificate for an Existing use or operation or activity including those in breach of a planning condition 

Lawful Development Certificate application form and guidance for an Existing use or operation. See the Communities and Local Government website for further information about Lawful Development Certificates. Pre-application advice can be obtained from the County Planning team.
 

Application for a Lawful Development Certificate for a proposed use or development 

Lawful Development Certificate application form and guidance for a proposed use or operation. See the Communities and Local Government website for further information about Lawful Development Certificates. Further clarification and pre-application advice can be obtained from the County Planning team
 

Application for approval of reserved matters following outline approval 

Following the granting of outline planning permission, this is the application form and guidance for approval of any or all of the reserved matters outlined below:
  • Access – to the site and within the site
  • Appearance – visual impact of site
  • Landscaping – treatment of land to enhance or protect amenities
  • Layout – situation and orientation of buildings, routes and open spaces in relation to each other
  • Scale – the height, width and length of each building within the development
  • Design – the form and function of the site
  • Siting – where the development is located 
 

Application for removal or variation of a condition following the granting of planning permission or a minor material amendment of an existing permission 

This application form and guidance is for three particular issues:
  • Where planning permission has been granted with conditions, to apply for the removal of a condition.
  • Where planning permission has been granted with conditions, to apply for the amendment of a condition.
  • Where planning permission has been granted, to apply for a minor material amendment to the existing permission.
 
A minor material amendment is one whose scale and nature results in a development that is not substantially different from the one which has been approved. Please see the additional guidance for help with minor material amendments or call the County Planning team for pre-application advice. 
 

Application for approval of details reserved by condition 

The application form and guidance for approval of details reserved by condition is required where a condition in a planning permission or a listed building consent required details of a specific aspect of the development that was not fully described in the original application.
 
Please note we are now charging for the discharge of planning conditions, please view the details here
 

Application for new planning permission to replace extant planning permission, associated listed building and/or conservation area consent in order to extend the time limit for implementation 

The application form and guidance required to extend the time allowed for works where planning permission and associated listed building and/or conservation area consent has been granted with a specific time limit within which works must be carried out. 
 

Application for a non-material amendment following a grant of planning permission 

Following the granting of planning permission, a non-material amendment may be requested. This application form and guidance allows non-material amendments to be made without the need to submit a new planning application. The decision as to whether a change is material or non-material is one of fact and degree, taking into account the likely impact of the amendment, with the original planning application forming the benchmark. Pre-application advice should be sought from the County Planning team
 
Minerals Planning Application
 
Minerals Planning Application Form and Guidance for mineral developments. The Minerals Planning Application Form requires the below documents to be completed alongside with it.
 
 
Further information and pre-application advice relating to planning applications can be obtained directly from the County Planning team, whose helpline can be contacted on 03330 139 808. 
 
Application for the Discharge or Modification of Planning Obligations
 
Planning permission may be granted subject to legal agreements.  These agreements may contain obligations which require the submission of information, commitments to undertake works outside of the application site or to make monies available.  There may be instances where an applicant wishes to apply to remove (discharge) or amend an obligation(s), in which case the attached form should also be used. Applicants should specify what exactly is being sought, for example any wording to be substituted or deleted. Please note however that time limits may apply before modifications to Planning Obligations can be made under S106A.