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Consultation launched on Fenland's draft planning Local Validation List

Fenland residents, businesses, and agents with experience of submitting planning applications are being urged to take part in a new planning consultation.


Fenland District Council is seeking views on its Draft Local Validation List, an important planning document which details the information which is required when applying for planning permission.

Since 2008, local planning authorities have been required to publish the lists they use to 'validate' the planning applications they receive. The Government also requires authorities to review its local validation list every two years.

A validation list has two components:

  • The national requirements, such as the application form, fee, and certificates
  • Specific local requirements, known as the 'Local List'

A Local Validation List helps applicants and planning officers alike, ensuring that the requirements for information included within a planning application are kept to the minimum needed to make decisions: information that is relevant, necessary, and material to each individual application.

It also provides guidance on both national and local planning requirements, enabling applicants to directly access guidance on the requirements for each element of a planning application prior to submission.

Cllr Dee Laws, the Council's Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: "A Local Validation List makes the entire planning process more efficient and less complicated. Without one, the planning process can be significantly delayed as the correct information may not be submitted as part of the initial application. The List must be a useful document for any individual or agency seeking to submit a planning application, so it is important that we get the views of anyone who may use it."

Have your say

The consultation runs until Monday 14 November.

Article date: October 2022

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