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What is this guide for?

This guide is here to help you to minimise validation delays and start the application process as quickly as possible.

At Tewkesbury Borough Council we work hard to make the planning process as easy as possible. We receive around 600 applications from householders every year. Approximately 40% of these applications fall at the first hurdle because the correct information has not been submitted.

Every application we receive is checked for validation. If the application is invalid, this can delay the application by 2- 3 weeks.

What information do you need to submit?

To assist with your submission, we have created a validation checklist which details the information we need to make the application valid, see: validation requirements

Our most common invalid reasons include:

  • The site location plan is not to scale (1:1250/1:2500) and does not show the correct red line boundary.
  • The block plan (1:200/1:500) does not show the proposed development.
  • Elevations and floor plans are not drawn to a recognised scale e.g. 1:50/ 1:100.
  • A photograph of the plan provided, this is not acceptable as photographs cannot be measured accurately.

Examples of Good and Bad Applications:

Site location plan (1:1250/1:2500) showing the property outlined in red, showing a named road and the direction of North. (Purchased here: Planning Portal)

Proposed block plan (1:200/1:500) showing the proposed layout of the application site including trees to be removed and any additional hardstanding(Purchased here: Planning Portal)

Floor plans (1:50/1:100)


showing the current layout of the building



showing the proposed layout of the building including new window/door openings

Elevations (1:50/1:100)


showing the building as it currently stands



showing the proposed development in relation to the existing building and any materials to be used.

Bad applications

  • The quickest way to apply is to use the Planning Portal.
  • We advise contacting a planning agent to aid with your submission.
  • Read our validation checklists to make sure you provide the right information.
  • Do not submit photographs of original documents as these cannot be measured accurately.

What happens to my application?

  1. Pre-application discussions
  2. submit application
  3. Application registered and checked (If application invalid , further information / fee requested)
  4. Application validated planning officer allocated
    1. Planning officer visits site and assesses proposal
    2. council publicises and consults on application
  5. If appropriate, negotiations / amendments made
  6. Officer make recommendation
    1. Decision made under delegated powers by the Development Control Manager
    2. Application considered by the Planning Committee
  7. Decision Notice issued
    1. Application refused
      1. Contact Planning to discuss possible amendments to the proposal and change proposal (Go’s back to step 2)
      2. If application is refused the applicant can appeal to the Planning Inspectorate
    2. Application Approved
      1. Where Necessary, submit an application to discharge planning conditions
      2. Ensure Building Regulation Approval is obtained where appropriate