As part of a drive to provide a quicker, more predictable and efficient planning service, the Government introduced a system of standard planning application forms (1 APP). Alongside this, the Government is recommending that new information requirements for the validation of planning applications are adopted by all local authorities.
Many applications submitted to local authorities are invalid for all sorts of avoidable reasons, e.g. forms not signed or ownership certificates not submitted. Additionally information is often required where specific circumstances apply e.g. an area vulnerable to flooding. All of this delays the processing of applications and makes the planning service less efficient.
In response to this and to support the introduction of the 1APP forms, the Government introduced a national list of validation requirements i.e. the minimum information that is required so that a planning application can be registered, known as the validation checklist.
Local planning authorities were also invited to produce their own local lists of information requirements to accompany the 1 APP planning application forms.
We have now adopted a list of local information requirements intended to cover all scenarios relating to development proposals. The intention is to help developers prepare applications properly with all information submitted at the start of the process. However, where such information is not submitted then the applications will be invalid and not registered until the receipt of the outstanding information is provided. It may then be returned with an explanation why.
The checklist requires a positive input, i.e. if information is not submitted as shown on the checklist then the applicants are asked to demonstrate why it is not required. The intention behind this is to encourage applicants to positively address issues and explain why such information might not be required.
Applications must include all the information and documents specified (national requirements) on the form and the appropriate validation checklist.
Please note that applications received by Swale Borough Council will also have to comply with 'Local Requirements' adopted by us in order to respond to specific issues or circumstances within the borough. These adopted 'local requirements' will form part of the 'validation checklists' where they are appropriate.
If you are not sure which application form you need, please contact Planning Services.