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Strategic Planning

The Decision Process

Planning applications have to be decided in line with the relevant local planning authority’s (LPA) Development Plan – unless there is a very good reason not to do so.  Therefore for Minerals and Waste Developments the relevant Development Plan is Hampshire Minerals and Waste Core Strategy, for County Council Developments it is the Adopted Development Plan for the relevant District/Borough Council.  Most planning applications are decided within eight weeks, unless they are unusually large or complex - in which case the time limit is extended to 13 weeks.  Planning Applications can be determined by the Director of the Environment Department through delegated powers or the Regulatory Committee

Validation and Registration

On receipt of a planning application, the planning application will be checked to determine whether it is complete.  Once the application is complete, it will be registered and the details put on the public register.  The determination process will begin from this point.

What is needed for a valid application?


Consultation and Publicity

Once an application has been validated and registered, the County Council will then publicise and consult on it.  A site notice will be put up on or near the site.  Neighbours to the site will be notified.  In certain cases, applications are also advertised in a local newspaper. The public are invited to express their views on the application.  The parish, town or community council will usually be notified, other bodies such as the county council, the Environment Agency and the relevant Government Office for the region may also need to be consulted.

The Development Control Charter sets out the County Council’s standards of service. Please note, the charter is currently being updated.

If you are a member of the public wishing to express views on a planning application please use the application search page.


Permission Granted

A decision will be made and a decision notice produced.  The decision notice will identify relevant planning policy considered during the decision making process and it will state any conditions which have to be adhered to throughout the development.  On occasions the conditions require the submission of further details


Permission Refused or Delayed

The County Council may refuse a planning application or impose conditions with reasons.  If the applicant/agent consider these reasons to be unreasonable an appeal to the Secretary of State can be made.  If a decision is not issued within 8 weeks (non-determination) this can also be appealed.


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