Planning Applications Birmingham

Planning applications might sound complex, but the truth is that they take a fairly straightforward path to approval or denial. Understanding the process – and your position in it – helps you understand what you can do.


The application process itself is quite straightforward, comprising of;

  • The planning application is filled out and submitted to a local planning authority
  • The local authority publishes the application, typically in the newspaper and other places
  • The public have a window of a few weeks to make any comments about the application
  • The local authority comes to a decision for the application, generally within eight weeks of submission
  • Planning applications are generally approved but, should an application be rejected or the approval comes with conditions, applicants may appeal the decision

If you have learned about a planning application that has you concerned, then you need to get involved as soon as possible. You might be able to get help from the local CPRE branch. Keep in mind that you have no legal right to appeal against planning permission being granted after the approval has been made. Don’t leave any comments, complaints, or questions until it’s too late.


Get Involved Early

If you want to stop a development from going through, then you should start taking action as soon as possible. Ideally, before the planning application is even submitted to the local authority.


One of the most important ways to do that is to influence the Local Plan. The local planning authority makes decisions about planning applications based on the current development plan for your area – which includes the Local Plan and the Neighbourhood Development Plans that have been implemented. Outside of some special circumstances, the development must be in line with the development plan. You have the chance to influence the development plan thanks to all the chances for public consultation.


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