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Amending planning permissions

You can make amendments to an extant planning permission. The nature of the proposed changes will dictate the relevant method.

Application for a Non-Material Amendment

Where the proposed amendments are non-material to the approved scheme, you can apply for a non-material amendment. There is no statutory definition of non-material, but the Local Planning Authority must be satisfied that the amendment sought is non-material in order to grant the application. A change which may be non-material in one case could be material in another. The Council has produced some pdf icon guidance [13kb] on the types of issues considered when assessing applications for non-material amendments. If such an application is successful, the original permission still stands and should be read in conjunction with the decision for this application. However, if the application is not successful, you will be required to submit a revised application for full planning permission. Application form No. 034 should be completed and submitted, to accompany plans clearly detailing the proposed amendments. A fee of £28 is payable if the original application was a householder application, and £195 for all other applications.

Minor Material Amendment

All planning decision notices will now include a condition requiring the works to be carried out in accordance with the approved plans. In some instances, it is possible to amend this condition, in order to substitute an amended plan. If the character/description of the amended scheme is the same as the approved scheme, there is a condition relating to the approved plans which could be varied and the development is one whose scale and nature results in a development which is not substantially different from the one which has been approved, you can apply for a Minor Material Amendment. Detailed revised plans and elevations should be submitted setting out the proposed amendments, and these should be accompanied by application form No. 025  and a fee of £195. The submitted details will be checked on receipt and we will contact you in writing for any additional clarification.

Variation of Condition

Where there is no condition attached to your permission setting out the approved plans, or the proposed development is of a scale and nature which results in a development which is substantially different from the one which has been approved, you can apply to amend the existing permission through the variation of condition process. Detailed revised plans and elevations should be submitted setting out the proposed amendments, and these should be accompanied by application form No. 025  and a fee of £195. The submitted details will be checked on receipt and we will contact you in writing for any additional clarification.

Revised Full Application

If your proposed amendment is considered to be material, or requires a full assessment and consultation, you will be required to submit a revised application for planning permission. This application is subject to the 8 week target determination period, and the Council's full information requirements remain relevant for a revised application. In some instances, a fee may not be required, and you should consult with the Validation Team for further information.

Please be aware that if the planning application you are seeking to amend has a corresponding application for Listed Building Consent, a new Listed Building consent application must be submitted detailing the proposed amendments. A revised Conservation Area consent application will only be required if you propose a lesser or greater amount of demolition than already approved.