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How does the County Council determine planning applications?
The statutory Development Plan will continue to be the starting point in the consideration of planning applications for the development or use of land submitted to North Yorkshire County Council, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.
Planning authorities must determine planning applications in accordance with the statutory Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise. If the Development Plan contains material policies or proposals and there are no other material considerations, the application should be determined in accordance with the Development Plan. Where there are other material considerations, the Development Plan should be the starting point, and other material considerations should be taken into account in reaching a decision.
The relevant adopted planning policies of the County Council are set out in development plans: the Waste Local Plan and the Minerals Local Plan. Where relevant, government and district council policies are also considered.
The planning case officer considers all representations received and prepares a report summarising the application and the issues it raises.
The Council's Planning and Regulatory Functions Committee considers the report and decides whether to grant planning permission for the application. Alternatively, the Corporate Director (Business & Environmental Services) can determine applications of a minor nature using powers delegated to by the Planning and Regulatory Functions Committee.
When an application is refused, the applicant may appeal against the decision. Unless the appeal is of a minor nature, a government appointed Planning Inspector usually hears it at either a public inquiry or an informal hearing. In addition, the Secretary of State may 'call in' applications of strategic importance and decide upon them.