The Development Corporation will make and issue the decision on all proposals that fall within its powers, including full and outline permissions, EIA screening and scoping opinions, variations to conditions (Section 73), reserved matters applications, non-material amendments and listed building consents. The Corporation does not have powers to determine some applications for example certificates of lawfulness (existing or proposed use) or consent to display advertisements. If you have any uncertainty, please contact us.
Once a planning application has been validated, local planning authorities are expected to make a decision on the proposal as quickly as possible and in any event within the statutory time limit, unless a longer period is agreed in writing with the applicant. This applies equally to the Development Corporation, which is committed to help deliver developments at speed.
The statutory time limits are usually 13 weeks for applications for major development and 8 weeks for all other types of development (unless an application is subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment, in which case a 16 week limit applies).