Planning Application Process

Overview of the Planning System in England

The department for Communities and Local Government has produced a Plain English Guide to the Planning System (external link) (January 2015) which explains how the planning system in England works.

How do I make a planning application?

Advice on the procedures involved in submitting an application.

Documents and webpages which will assist in the development of any proposed scheme.

Commenting on a Planning Application

Let us know your views on current planning applications that have been advertised, together with a list of relevant issues that can be taken into account when reaching a decision on an application.

How is a decision reached?

Information on the process involved in determining planning applications.

The lifecycle of a planning application?

A flow diagram showing how a planning application is processed.

Development Management Team Areas

A list of the towns and parishes the teams of planning officers cover.

Use of Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones)

Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (SUAVs) or drones have become far more common in recent years and can provide valuable advantages when carrying out Council operations, allowing Officers to carry out certain tasks with more efficiency and safety. The Wealden District Council Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Policy has been adopted by the Council to ensure that Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (SUAVs) operation, associated with Wealden District Council, is carried out safely and in strict conformity with the Council’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved Operations Manual, the CAA issued Permission for Commercial Operations and the relevant legislation governing SUAV flight.

Planning Aid (external link)

Planning Aid provides free, independent and professional help, advice and support on planning issues to people and communities who cannot afford to hire a planning consultant. Planning Aid complements the work of local authorities but is wholly independent of them.