Ten top tips for a good planning application
From agent and LPA feedback we have created a top 10 list of ‘what makes a good planning application’ to help speed the process along.
1. Include a covering letter – If your application is a resubmission list details of any changes in the cover note.
2. Check LPA validation checklist – adhere to the LPA’s application requirements checklist, a link to these is provided when uploading your attachments.
3. Optimise file sizes for online submission – to be readily accepted online by LPAs, document file sizes must be under 5mb. Click here for detailed guidance including how to compress file sizes.
4. Preferred file format – the PDF format is preferred to simplify LPAs’ processing of documents. A PDF measuring tool is automatically added to all online plans and drawings sent via the Portal.
5. Drawing size – where possible use A3 drawings and avoid multiple images on larger sizes.
6. Plans and drawings – always date and include the original paper size, scale bar, at least one key dimension and North sign, where appropriate, on plans and drawings. This avoids the most common validation delays. Using the Planning Portal’s Buy a Plan service is the best way to ensure your plans conform to requirements.
7. Drawing orientation – please ensure drawings are submitted correctly orientated. This avoids head tilted viewing of your docs on the LPA’s website.
8. Document naming – clearly title each document to describe content, paper size, scale and your reference (e.g. Roof Plan/A3/1:1250/No.123456).
9. Application fee payment – payment options supported by the LPA are displayed on the Portal. Where possible pay ‘online’.
10. Reduce use of colour – please use hatching instead of colour; this greatly helps reduce file sizes.
Please note: Late afternoon submissions may be downloaded the next working day morning by the LPA.
I hope this helps with future applications.