3.5 The Government expects local planning authorities to seek information that is necessary for a decision to be made and should not require a level of detail to be provided that is unreasonable or disproportionate to the scale of the application.
4. Waverley’s Local Requirements
4.1 A local list of requirements has been drawn up and consultation has been carried out during February and March with planning agents, developers, local amenity groups, parish and town councils and members. The list of proposed local requirements is set out at Annexe 1 (attached for members of the Executive only and available on request). Also attached, at Annexe 2, are the consultation responses and the proposed action to be taken.
4.2 It may be necessary to report orally at the meeting any comments received after agenda dispatch, as the consultation period had not concluded at the time of writing.
4.3 Responses have been received from some of the main statutory consultees. Their comments have been supportive and in some cases they have suggested additional explanatory documents to help the applicant submit the application correctly.
4.4 Some comments were received about the forms themselves. The Government has already consulted on these forms and no further representations can be made at this time.
5.1 The introduction of 1APP and new validation procedures are to be welcomed as they clarify the planning authority’s expectations regarding the information needed to submit a valid application. It also makes the process more transparent and consistent for agents and applicants.
It is recommended that the local list of requirements for the validation of planning applications set out at Annexe 1 to the report, and the amendments at Annexe 2 be adopted.
Background Papers (CEx)
The Validation of Planning Applications - Guidance for local planning authorities published by the Department for Communities and Local Government December 2007.
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