It is a useful document which helps the Council to understand what is proposed as part of the application.
- Major applications involving the provision of 10 or more dwellinghouses or on a site having an area of 0.5 hectares.
- The provision of a building or buildings where the floor space to be created by the development is 1,000 square metres or more.
- Development carried out on a site with an area of 1 hectare or more, and applications not in accordance with the current Local Plan.
It is also strongly recommended that a planning statement is submitted where any complex planning issues are raised. This will provide an opportunity for the applicant to provide relevant supporting information and justification for the proposed development, and explain how the proposal meets local and national planning policy requirements.
The information provided should identify the need for the proposed development and explain how the proposal relates to national and local policies and any other material planning considerations. The statement should be proportionate to the complexity of the development.
Applicants should submit a planning statement to demonstrate how a proposal meets any exceptional circumstances to satisfy the current development plan.