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Planning Application Requirements

The following Plans and Supporting Documents are required to meet National and Local requirements. They may be either Conditional or Mandatory. Review the Condition/Trigger to determine if that requirement applies to your application.

Requirements are marked with L=Local, N=National, C=Conditional, M=Mandatory.

Plan Requirements

(NM) Application form

Completed form (original plus 1 copy to be supplied unless the application is submitted electronically).

(NM) Fee

The appropriate fee.

(NM) Location Plan

2 copies of a plan which identifies the land to which the application relates drawn to an identified standard metric scale (typically 1:1250 or 1:2500 for larger sites) and should show:

  • the direction north
  • sufficient roads and/or buildings on land adjoining the application site
  • the application site boundary and all land necessary to carry out the proposed development i.e. land required for access to the site from the road, outlined in red
  • A blue line should be drawn around any other land owned by the applicant that is close to or adjacent to the property.

When using Ordnance Survey mapping for planning applications, the map should:

  1. Not be a Land Registry document
  2. Not be used for multiple applications
  3. Show OS Crown copyright as a an acknowledgment
  4. Not be a photocopy or screen grab image
  5. Not to be copied from existing OS mapping if using hand drawn maps – such as standard sheets.
  6. Show the correct licence number if you wish to print or copy maps for applications

(LM) Block Plan

The block plan (2 copies) should be drawn at an identified standard metric scale (1:500). It should show the proposed development in relation to the site boundaries and other existing buildings on the site, with metric dimensions specified including those to the boundaries. It should also show the direction of north.

It should also include the following – unless they would NOT influence or be affected by the proposed development:

  1. All buildings, roads and footpaths on land adjoining the site including access arrangements.
  2.  All public rights of way crossing or adjoining the site.
  3. The position of all trees on the site, and those on adjacent land. 
  4. The extent and the type of any hard surfacing.
  5. The boundary treatment including walls or fencing where this is proposed.

(NM) Advertisement drawings


2 copies of

  • a plan which identifies the land to which the application relates drawn to an identified scale, identifies the location of the site by reference to at least two named roads, identifies the proposed position of the advertisement and shows the direction of North
  • existing and proposed elevations (at a scale of 1:50 or 1:100)
  • advertisement drawing(s) (at a scale of 1:50 or 1:100) (showing advertisement size, siting, materials and colours to be used, height above ground, extent of projection and details of the method and colour(s) of illumination [if applicable]

Supporting Document Requirements

(LC) Lighting Assessment

Proposals involving the provision of publicly accessible developments, in the vicinity of residential property, a listed building or a conservation area, or open countryside, where external lighting would be provided or made necessary by the development, should be required to be accompanied by details of external lighting and the proposed hours when the lighting would be switched on.
These details shall include a layout plan with beam orientation and a schedule of the equipment in the design. The Institute of Lighting Engineers ‘Guidance Notes for the Reduction of Obtrusive Light’ – 2005 is a valuable guide for local planning authorities, planners, highway engineers and members of the public. It demonstrates what can be done to lessen the effects of external lighting, including street lighting and security lighting. The advice is applicable in towns as well as the countryside.

Condition / Trigger

Where significant external lighting is proposed, for example flood lighting, lit areas of car parking, new street lighting.

Policy Requirement

National Planning Policy Framework (February 2019) Section 15, BDLP 2011-2029 Policies EM1 and EM10 and Guidance Notes for the Reduction of Obtrusive Light – British Institute of Lighting Engineers 2005.


The fee payable is dependent on a number of factors.
Click here for documents which explain how to calculate the fee for your application

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