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Validation Requirements for Submitting Applications

Revision in force from 01 September 2020.

This guidance is to assist you with the level of information required when submitting planning and other related applications.  The guidance is designed to help you understand, and give us, the information we need to make decisions about your application. Using the guidelines can help you avoid the time and cost involved in correcting your application.

Mandatory national validation requirements and local validation requirements

All planning applications must include:

•completed planning application forms
•the appropriate planning application fee
•a site location plan
•plans, drawings and other information to describe the proposal
design and access statement (if necessary)
S106 Heads of Terms (if necessary)

We also have detailed guidance for a wide range of planning issues: National and local planning validation requirements

Following consultation with interested parties, in April 2019, Craven District Council adopted an amended set of location requirements for the validation of planning applications which replaced the North Yorkshire criteria.

The Local requirements are in addition to the National requirements that are set out in the Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure)(England) Order 2015.

Our guidance will be updated to reflect any changes to relevant legislation and local policies adopted by us.  The last update was 01 September 2020.

The validation process

When a valid application is received, an acknowledgement letter and payment receipt will be sent to the agent (if applicable) or the applicant (if no agent). This will normally be sent by email, where an email address is given and electronic payment has been made, or by 2nd Class Post otherwise. We aim to do this within ten days of validating an application, during busy periods this may be longer.

If we find that we need more information in order to determine an application, we will declare the application invalid and specify the information required.

We will only ask for information which is genuinely necessary and in proportion to the scale and nature of your application. We must ensure the information requested will be a material consideration when deciding the application.

Appeal against validation requirements

If you do not agree that information we have requested is necessary, you may appeal against non-validation.

The Government has amended the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) Order 2015 in relation to applications and validation disputes. Statutory Instrument 2013/1238 (Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) (Amendment) Order 2013) introduced a right of appeal (article 10a) against the non-determination of applications.

You can challenge our request for more information by submitting a notice, under article 10a, providing evidence to back up the reason why it is considered that the information is not necessary.

The validation appeal process

If an apparently valid application is later found to be invalid because of a factual or legal inaccuracy, the original valid date for processing the application will be disregarded. The valid date will be reset once the inaccuracies have been resolved.