LPA consultation and publicity for planning applications
LPA consultation and publicity for planning applications

The following Planning practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • LPA consultation and publicity for planning applications
  • Context
  • Pre-application consultation
  • Circumstances where pre-application consultation is required
  • Pre-application consultation for major development in Wales
  • Pre-application consultation for certain onshore windfarms in England
  • Where no statutory duty to carry out pre-application consultation applies
  • Consultation following submission of planning application
  • Publicity and consultation of statutory consultees
  • Public consultation
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects potentially impacted by the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak (see: Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on planning consultation). For further updates on key developments and related practical guidance on the implications for lawyers, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Planning and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit.

Context

Public participation in, and consultation on, proposals for the development of land form an important element of the planning process. Publicity and consultation can be carried out at the following main stages:

  1. before the submission of the planning application (referred to as pre-application consultation)

  2. once the planning application has been submitted to the local planning authority (LPA), and before the application is determined

  3. where the planning application is amended before the application is determined

  4. once the planning application has been determined, and amendments to the development as permitted by the planning permission are to be made

This Practice Note deals with the circumstances in which an LPA is under a statutory duty to undertake publicity and consultation in respect of development proposals. It does not deal with the publicity which an applicant must undertake before submitting its planning application, nor with any publicity and consultation requirements for the production of development plans and other planning policy documents.

Pre-application consultation

Circumstances where pre-application consultation is required

A statutory duty to conduct pre-application consultation currently only applies in the following

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