A Planning Statement sets out relevant supporting information and justification for the proposed development and explains how the proposal meets the requirements of the Craven Local Plan, any Neighbourhood Plan and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). It is a useful document which helps the Council to understand what is proposed as part of the application.
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)
- 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 Craven Local Plan. Applications that are not in accordance with Local Plan policies will need to be supported by reasoned justifications based on relevant and compelling evidence.
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 Craven Local Plan policies, any Neighbourhood Plan policies and other material planning considerations, including the NPPF.
Applicants should submit a planning statement to demonstrate how a proposal meets any exceptional circumstances to satisfy the local and national planning policies.