Validation of applications can be a complex process, particularly with the regard to larger or more sensitive types of development. As a result, getting an application to be made valid can often be a slow process.
As a consequence, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council offers a fee paying pre-validation checking service.
What are the benefits?
By pre-submitting plans and documents the authority will have the chance to review what you are intending to submit to ensure that everything necessary for the application to be made valid is received.
Feedback and guidance will be provided ensuring that the submission contains the necessary information to meet:
1. the National application requirements;
2. the Council’s local validation list requirements (see link provided in the useful documents box on the right);
3. the correct fee requirements for the proposed development.
If additional information is required or amendments/changes are needed, the Council will contact you and advise you as to what needs to be done.
By using the pre-validation service the Council will guarantee that the subsequent application is made valid immediately upon receipt, subject to the inclusion of any suggested additions, changes or amendments.
Major applications - £100
All other application - £50
There is no charge for Householder application submitted by a member of the public for their own property. If the application is submitted by an Agent then this will attract a £50 charge.
There is no charge for all applications which are exempt from planning fees for whatever reason.
How to submit
To seek a pre-validation check please submit your proposed submission to email@example.com.
The Council will provide you with a pre-validation response as follows:
Major applications - within 4 working days
All other applications (including householder) – within 2 working days
The response you will receive will state either:
• The submission is acceptable and that the application will be validated upon receipt, or
• Provide a response identifying where the submission is deficient and detail what needs to be done to enable any subsequent application to be made valid upon receipt.
What the pre-validation service does not cover
The pre-validation service is purely an administrative function. The advice that it provides simply reviews what has been submitted and whether additional information needs to be.
It does not:
• Convey any acceptance as to the suitability of the proposed development from a planning perspective;
• Check the quality or detail of supporting professional reports and assessment being submitted;
• Negate the need for additional information which may need to be submitted subsequently as a result of the planning application process.
What happens if you disagree with guidance and advice given?
The guidance given is advising that if the application were submitted in its current form the Council would be unable to validate it. The Council would be happy to discuss the reasons for suggesting the changes but, if agreement cannot be reached this does not stop you submitting the application.
If the pre-validation advice is not followed and the application is submitted in its unamended form, it will be made formally invalid and you will be notified of this outcome. In this event you would then have the ability to follow the non-valid application procedure as detailed under Article 12 of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedures) (England) Order 2015.