We deal with mineral and waste planning applications and those concerning our own buildings and property.
Residential planning and commercial or industrial planning is dealt with by local district or borough councils. If your planning development falls within a National Park boundary, you will need to get more information and apply for planning permission from Yorkshire Dales National Park or North York Moors National Park.
Submit a planning application
Please read our planning advice and guidance prior to making a formal planning application, to seek advice and guidance on what should be included when submitting a planning application.
You can submit a planning application online via our planning portal:
Our online planning register allows you to search for planning applications, monitor progress and view records of applications determined by us including the decision notices. You can also submit comments on current applications.
Representations must relate to the use of land and should be related to policies contained within national and local planning documents.
Grounds for deciding a planning application are limited to specific issues known as material considerations. When commenting on an application, these material considerations should be the focus.
Material considerations must be genuine planning considerations. They must be related to the development and use of land in the public interest. The considerations must also fairly and reasonably relate to the application concerned.
Some examples of material considerations are:
- location and setting;
- loss of daylight or sunlight
- overshadowing / loss of outlook (but not loss of view)
- highway issues: traffic generation, vehicular access, highway safety;
- design, layout, landscaping and external appearance of buildings;
- impact upon the neighbourhood and existing infrastructure;
- the possible effects of pollution on land;
- the proposed after use of the site and restoration of the land; and
- hours of working, noise, dust and other factors affecting amenity.
Matters that cannot be taken into account include:
- private issues between neighbours, such as land / boundary disputes, damage to property, private rights of way and covenants;
- loss of value of property;
- personal morals or views about the applicant; and
- Matters controlled under building regulations or other non-planning laws.
The statutory development plan is the starting point for the consideration of planning applications, 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 taken into account in reaching a decision.
The planning case officer considers all representations received and prepares a report summarising the application and the issues it raises.
Our planning and regulatory functions committee considers the report and decides whether to grant planning permission for the application. Alternatively, the corporate director can determine applications of a minor nature using powers delegated to by the planning and regulatory functions committee.
If 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.
In the event that a planning application cannot be determined under our scheme of delegation, it would be reported to the planning and regulatory functions committee.
Please read our guidelines (pdf / 157 KB) if you would like to attend, or make representations at, a meeting of the planning and regulatory functions committee.