County Planning

Applications FAQs

  1. What is the difference between the County Council and District Councils as planning authorities?

  2. Do I need planning permission?

  3. Who should I apply to for planning permission?

  4. What information should I provide in support of my application?

  5. Does the application need to be made on a specific form?

  6. How much will my planning application cost?

  7. How will a planning application be advertised - will my neighbours know about it?

  8. I have received a neighbour notification letter from the County Council - what should I do now?

  9. I want to make written representations on a planning application - what happens now?

  10. What factors does the County Council take into account when determining a planning application?

1: What is the difference between the County Council and District Councils as planning authorities?

Your District Council determines the vast majority of planning applications in your local area. The County Council is the Mineral and Waste Planning Authority and only determine a planning application for minerals developments and waste management developments. The County Council as a major provider of public services also determines planning applications for its own proposals (e.g. schools). If you are unsure who is the relevant planning authority then please contact us.

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2: Do I need planning permission?

Changing the use of land, engineering operations and erecting buildings will usually require planning permission. The importation of waste or the extraction of mineral will also usually require planning permission. Where development occurs without planning permission then enforcement action may be taken against the landowner. Therefore, it is recommended that at the earliest opportunity you contact the County Council where the development relates to minerals or waste, or your District Council where the proposal relates to any other type of development (e.g. housing).

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3: Who should I apply to for planning permission?

The County Council determines applications for minerals and waste development, and the Council’s own developments. Your District Council determines all other applications (e.g. for housing, retail and industrial proposals). If you are in any doubt please contact us.

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4: What information should I provide in support of my application?

It is important that you supply enough information to enable the County Council to determine your application. If you don’t it may prevent us registering your application. More information can be found in our guidance notes, and pro forma are available for supporting statements (Mineral / Waste)

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5: Does the application need to be made on a specific form?

Yes. A planning application should be made on a form specified by the planning authority. The forms required for an application to us as Minerals and Waste Planning authority can be found here.

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6: How much will my planning application cost?

Planning application fees are set nationally by the Government. They vary according to the nature of the proposal. A table of planning fees can be viewed here. If you are unsure of the correct fee to be submitted with an application please contact us.

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7: How will a planning application be advertised - will my neighbours know about it?

We will publicise any planning application which the County Council, as a planning authority, will determine. How an application is advertised will depend on the nature of the proposal. However, normally we will notify neighbours within 50 metres, erect a site notice and put details of the proposal in a local newspaper.

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8: I have received a neighbour notification letter from the County Council - what should I do now?

If you want to know more about an application you can get details on our applications page. If after viewing the proposal you have further questions you may wish to contact us with your queries. Finally, you may wish to lodge your representations with us. You can do this online at our applications open for consultation page, or you can submit your comments by e-mail or in writing to us at our address.

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9: I want to make written representations on a planning application - what happens now?

All representations from the public will be taken into account when we are determining a planning application. Your letter or email of representation should be acknowledged by the County Council. Your name and address will be kept on a database and you will be informed at significant stages of the process - including when the proposal is going to Committee and when a decision has been made. In the event that we receive material objections to a proposal which cannot be overcome, it is likely that it will go before the Regulatory Committee for determination. The reasons for support or objection to a proposal will be reported to Committee.

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10: What factors does the County Council take into account when determining a planning application?

The County Council will take into account a number of different issues when determining a planning application. They must relate specifically to proposal in question and may include issues such as noise, dust, traffic issues and other environmental concerns. Most importantly applications are considered in accordance with the development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

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Email: planning@hants.gov.uk

Planning and Development
Environment Department
Elizabeth II Court West
The Castle
Winchester
SO23 8UD

Phone us on 0845 603 5634
(Contact Centre - Hantsdirect)