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An update on NMA applications since launch

by on June 12, 2014

The daily submission of NMA applications has nearly doubled since we added the form to the suite of online applications in March.

There was high demand from both LPAs and agents to e-enable the form so I thought I’d give you an update on the stats.

LPAs were telling us that NMAs make up around five per cent of the total number of applications they were receiving so there’s quite a few that are still being submitted on paper.

The chart below gives you a daily break down of NMA applications submitted. NMAs Chart Please note: at the moment the NMA form is for LPAs in England only.

NMA Application Location Heat Maps


NMAs March 2014


NMAs April 2014


NMAs May 2014

I thought it would also be useful to remind agents that discharge of condition applications can be submitted online using the Application for Approval of  Details Reserved by Condition form.

Since 2011 we have seen online submission of them increase by 170%, and from the turn of this year we’re now getting over 2,700 submitted each month.

  1. Nicholas Vivienne permalink

    Is any other LPA having issues with notifications not dropping into their back-office system?

    Vivienne Nicholas
    Development Support Group Leader
    Planning, Housing and Regeneration Service
    Cornwall Council

    Tel: 01209 614321

    First Floor, Council Offices, Dolcoath Avenue, Camborne TR14 8SX

    Please let us know if you need any particular assistance from us, such as facilities to help with mobility, vision or hearing, or information in a different format.
    Please consider the environment. Do you really need to print this email?

    • Hi Nicola, as this is a new form (Scenario 34) an upgrade of your 1APP connector to the latest version is needed so that these applications populate your back-office system automatically.

      Many suppliers are working on this and I would recommend contacting your supplier to understand when this may be possible.

      Hope this helps,

      Scott Alford
      Head of LPA Engagement

    • Yes – we are having that problem (Stoke Council). We have contacted our system supplier (name supplied) to try and get it sorted.

  2. H Brooks permalink

    What is an NMA?!

  3. Caius Jard permalink

    Here’s an NMA question I’ve never had a satisfactory answer to.. If an amendment has no material planning considerations, why does it need the planning authority’s written approval?

    • Jen permalink

      I think the simple answer is there is no statutory definition of non material so if an LPA has determined an application then according to CLG only an LPA can decide if any proposed changes are material or not – see ‘Greater Flexibility for planning permissions’ document produced by CLG.

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