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Planning Applications Explained: The Decision Notice

Arkhi Planning Decision Notice

There are three possible outcomes to a planning application: permission may be granted in full, granted with planning conditions, or refused. You can read our consise guide explaining the planning application process here.



Council approve around 80% of planning applications, including 90% of planning applications made by ‘householders’. If your proposal is granted full planning permission, you will normally have to start building within three years. The council may shorten this time limit or make it longer if appropriate, and will explain their reasons for doing this on the decision notice you or your agent will receive. If you do not start developing within this time limit, you will need to re-apply for permission before the time limit runs out.

If you only sought outline planning permission, the council will specify the matters reserved for approval and state the time limit within which you must make an application for these matters.



As well as a time limit within which the development must start, the council’s decision may also contain other conditions you must comply with for planning permission to be granted. Some conditions may require you to apply for their discharge before you can start work on the site, such as submitting details o materials.

Should you wish to apply to discharge planning conditions, you must apply to the local council in writing. This can be done by clearly identify the relevant permission and the conditions concerned, by using a discharge of conditions form, or via the national Planning Portal. You can ask to discharge multiple conditions within a single application and will be required to pay a fee for each application.

If the council decline to approve discharge of planning conditions, this may lead to enforcement action being taken. Failure to discharge planning conditions can also delay the sale of a property as purchasers may request evidence that you have complied with the conditions.



If your application is refused, the decision notice will explain the council’s reasons for this. You will be invited to ask what changed you can make to reverse the refusal of the application and will be able to submit a revised application within a year without a charge. Should you not wish to submit a revised application, you can appeal the decision by contacting the Planning Inspectorate.



Here at Arkhi, we have multi-diciplinary professionals who can guide you and manage the planning process in a range of sectors including residential and commercial. 

If you’d like to discuss your project with us, take a browse of our current schemes for inspiration and get in touch through our contact form or, alternatively, why not give us a call on 01260 540 170 or email to request more details.