Information on making planning applications.
When is planning permission needed?
Planning permission is required for most forms of development. "Development" is defined in Section 55 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 as follows:
"The carrying out of building, engineering, mining or other operations in, on, over or under land, or the making of any material change in the use of any buildings or other land."
Certain works, e.g. internal alterations, and those which do not materially change the external appearance of a building have, are excluded from the meaning of "development". Other works of a minor nature and some material changes of use can be carried out as "permitted development" by virtue of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (As Amended). This provision most commonly applies to extensions to dwellings and industrial buildings. There are currently over thirty classes of "permitted development". Some kinds of "permitted development" need prior notification to us before the works can be carried out, e.g. agricultural buildings and telecommunication equipment.
If you are in any doubt as to whether planning permission is required, it is always advisable to contact the Development Control team for your particular area.
Types of planning applications
There are three principal kinds of planning applications - full, outline and reserved matters.
This describes both the uses proposed and the manner in which the development is to be carried out, i.e. materials, design, access and layout details. Full permissions normally last for three years. All applications for a change of use, by definition, are full applications.
This is used to establish the general principle of a particular kind of development on a site. Outline permission normally lasts for three years but cannot be acted upon until full details have been approved under a subsequent "reserved matters" application. When an outline application is made the applicant can choose whether to seek approval of any of five "reserved matters" or whether to leave them all for subsequent approval. The five "reserved matters" are:
- Layout – the way in which buildings, routes and open spaces are provided within the development and their relationship to buildings and spaces outside the development
- Scale – the height, width and length of each building proposed in relation to its surroundings
- Appearance – the aspects of a building or place which determine the visual impression it makes, excluding the external built form of the development
- Access – this covers accessibility to and within the site for vehicles, cycles and pedestrians in terms of the positioning and treatment of access and circulation routes and how these fit into the surrounding access network
- Landscaping – this is the treatment of private and public space to enhance or protect the site's amenity through hard and soft measures, for example, through planting of trees or hedges or screening by fences or walls.
With an application for outline planning permission detailed consideration will always be required on the use and amount of development. In addition, even if layout, scale and access are reserved, an application will still require a basic level of information on these issues in the application. As a minimum, therefore, applications should always include information on:
- Use – the use or uses proposed for the development and any distinct development zones within the site identified
- Amount of development – the amount of development proposed for each use
- Indicative layout – an indicative layout with separate development zones proposed within the site boundary where appropriate
- Scale parameters – an indication of the upper and lower limits for height, width and length of each building within the site boundary
- Indicative access points – an area or areas in which the access point or points to the site will be situated
The District Council decides within the first 28 days of considering an outline application, that some or all of the details are required at that stage - perhaps on a particularly sensitive site - the Authority can hold the application in abeyance until such details are submitted. This is our policy in Conservation Areas.
Reserved matters application
This is a submission for approval of details following an outline approval, and cannot be treated in the same way as an application for planning permission. In other words, it is not open for the Local Planning Authority to consider matters, in principle, that should have been considered earlier, and any conditions may only be appropriate to the matters "reserved" for later approval.
Advice before you make an application
We welcome and encourage discussions before you submit your planning application. Through prior discussions, we will be able to identify issues which you may need to take into account prior to submission which may save you not only time but also money. Planning Officers are available to provide general advice at the Town Hall, Matlock between 9.00am to 12.00 noon Monday to Fridays. Should you wish to discuss specific proposals in detail, you are advised to contact one of the Planning Officers for your area to arrange an mutually convenient appointment.
For the more detailed and complex applications, developers and agents would be advised to make a prior appointment with a Planning Officer who is familiar with the area to which the application relates and who is likely to deal with any future application in order to ensure that such discussions are of maximum value. Simple enquiries can often be dealt with by telephone, or by email to email@example.com and confidentiality will always be respected. A list of planning services contacts is provided elsewhere on this website.
The advice provided by Planning Officers will always be objective, however the views expressed are the views of an Officer of the Council and are given without prejudice to the formal consideration of any subsequent application submitted to the Council. We will provide information relating to site history, planning policies, previous decisions and where appropriate development standards. We will also advise of the likely timescale for dealing with an application and the procedures involved.
Advice notes on how to make a planning application are available, together with copies of our planning policies and other relevant documents. Copies of previous planning decisions are also available for inspection at the Town Hall, Bank Road, Matlock.
It is important that you provide accurate drawings to support your application with sufficient detail to a recognisable scale. All drawings should be scaled in metric and not imperial measurements. It may also be of assistance to make any affected parties aware of the fact that you intend to submit a planning application.
The Planning Aid Service provides free, independent and professional town planning advice and support for local communities and individuals.
Submitting your planning application
In the interests of expediency Derbyshire Dales encourages the submission of online planning applications via the Planning Portal. For more information visit our web page on Making an Application.
We have produced a comprehensive guidance note on how to submit a planning application. For an application to be registered it must be made on a form supplied by us. Application forms and guidance notes are available from this site or alternatively by contacting us. Applications must be accompanied by all of the necessary information as specified in the relevant validation checklist.
If you appoint an agent to act on your behalf, all correspondence will be sent to your agent who will also be contacted if information or amendments are needed. Planning Officers will liaise with your agent and It will be the responsibility of your agent to keep you informed of progress on your application. The decision will also be sent to your agent.
We will let either you or your agent know, within 4 working days of receipt of your application, if any further information is required to make your application valid. If this information is not received within 14 days, your application will be treated as withdrawn.
We will register and acknowledge valid applications within seven working days. A letter of acknowledgement will be forwarded to either yourself or your agent, providing the name and contact details of the case officer dealing with the application.