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Planning Application Validation

We want to help you submit applications with all the information we need to assess them. If an application is not submitted with the required information it will not be valid and we will not be able to process it.

Please read our COVID-19 and Planning webpage

Please note: we have released an updated version of the Validation Checklist on 1st July 2020. This will be applied to all planning applications assessed and validated after this date.

Before submitting an application you should make sure that the accompanying information is sufficient for the purposes of validation. To assist us with the validation and decision-making process we request that an application is accompanied by a schedule or list of submitted documents. 

The Icon for pdf Local Validation Checklist [1.36MB] has been produced to inform applicants/agents of the type of documents and level of information required to validate a planning application or other similar consents. There are National Requirements and Sedgemoor District Council (SDC) has local requirements. SDC's local validation checklist reflects both the National Guidance on the validation of applications and the local requirements to meet adopted Core Strategy policies. To avoid confusion, this document will merge local and National requirements to enable use of this document as your one-stop shop, with the aim that your application can be registered as valid for determination by the Council first time round.

This Checklist is intended to provide applicants/agents with clear advice as to the planning information that is considered necessary to allow Case Officers and Statutory and Non-Statutory consultees to properly consider proposals being put forward and to ensure a streamlined submission process.

If you consider a required item is not applicable to your particular application then please contact us using the details below for further advice.

Meetings and Site Visits

To minimise unnecessary travel and contact we aim to assess planning applications using digital means, virtual site visits and photographs provided by the applicant/agent. Your case officer will contact you to discuss this as necessary.

If a site visit is deemed essential your case officer will contact you to discuss whether or not this can be done safely, maintaining social distancing and minimising contact. A risk assessment will be carried out prior to visiting the site. If an essential site visit cannot be arranged safely your application may have to be delayed; again your case officer will discuss the options with you.

Additional guidance:

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