To view current minerals and waste applications online, please follow the link below. Full planning application details are available for application made after the 1 October 2013.
To view decision notices and delegated reports for applications decided before this date please see the historic reports pages.
The Planning Application Process
The planning application process consists of several distinct stages, during which information is gathered, decisions are made and communities can make their voices heard.
Before an application is made, developers should engage local authorities and other interested parties in pre-application discussion. The aim of this is to explore any planning issues which may indicate whether development is acceptable or not as well as discuss opportunities for community involvement. For further information on pre-application discussion please see the Statement of Community Involvement
There are a number of ways that applications can be submitted to Essex County Council. To speed up the application process, please refer to our guidance documents to help ensure that applications are submitted on the correct form and with all of the necessary supporting documentation.
Notification and Consultation
Once an application has been recieved and and is deemed valid (see the link above for validation criteria), it is the duty of Essex County Council to notify people about the application and take subsequent comments into account when a decision about whether to grant or refuse that application. Details about these requirements are laid out in the Statement of Community Involvement
In order to provide more ways for people to become involved with the planning process comments can now be made directly online by following the link above at the top of the page to view the planning applications and then clicking on 'comment on this Application' link below the application detiails.
Planning decisions are made in one of three ways.
Where there is no significant deviation from planning policy, and no significant objections have been made by any consultees or neighbours, the planning decision may be made directly by the Head of the local planning authority. These decisions are made based on planning officers’ recommendations and are known as delegated decisions.
Applications can be considered by the Development and Regulation Committee, which is made up of elected councillors. The committee sits on the 4th Friday of every month and receives a report with an officer recommendation. The committee takes account of all comments received and will often debate a proposal before making a decision.
Applications for listed building or conservation area consent are decided by the Secretary of State, based on an officer’s recommendation. Planning decisions where the application has been recommended for approval but represents a significant departure from planning policy are also referred to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State retains the right to call in any application for further examination and decision.
When applications are approved, which can be with planning conditions, or when applications are refused, the council will issue a decision notice. The decision notice is the planning permission, if the development was permitted, or is a statement of the reasons for refusal.
If planning permission has been refused or has conditions imposed with which the applicant disagrees, the applicant has a right to appeal. An applicant can also appeal an enforcement notice in the same way, which may have been issued for development taking place without planning permission (unauthorised development) or for a breach of a condition attached to a planning permission.
As stated enforcement action may be taken against any developments operating in breach of condition of planning permission. Enforcement action may also be taken against sites operating without permissions. In these circumstances, breaches may be reported to the planning team, who will investigate.
In order to ensure that the sites granted planning permission by Essex County Council adhere to the highest standards, site monitoring is carried out by the council.