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Amendments to Approved Applications

Sometimes development proposals change, either while we are still considering a planning application or after it has been decided. Some minor changes can be dealt with as amendments to your current plans, while more significant changes may need to take the form of a new application.

Amending a current application

The plans or other documents submitted with a planning application may be amended during the determination process. This can happen if:

  • The applicant wants to change the proposals being considered.
  • Planning officers seek changes for example;
    • To try to overcome a planning objection from a neighbouring property; or
    • To alter the application so that it complies with policy; or
    • To raise the quality of the design.

Sometimes if a requested amendment is not made, an application may be refused.

Amending a determined application

Applicants may want to change the proposals after they have received planning permission. Depending on the extent of the changes, this may result in one of three processes:

  • Substantial changes – may need a new planning application, for example an increase in floor area or number of dwellings; or
  • Significant changes – may need a new application (known as a material amendment), for example elevational changes to a commercial building; or
  • Minor changes – may be dealt with by a shortened application process (known as a non-material amendment – formal form and plans are required, but not the supporting documentation), for example moving a window on a domestic extension. These changes are usually dealt with very quickly, sometimes in a matter of days.