Guidance For Developers Submitting Major Planning Applications - Practice Note 17


Wyre Forest District Council is committed to providing the best service possible for applicants planning to submit an application for major developments. Our aim is to ensure that the process of having your application determined is as smooth and quick as possible within the council’s procedures for determining applications, whilst still ensuring that a high quality of development is built.

This practice note has been designed to help prospective developers prepare their major application to a high standard, so that it can be dealt with efficiently and without unnecessary delay. Our target set by the Government is to deal with 60% of ‘major’ planning applications within 13 weeks. By working with applicants we believe we can achieve this in most instances.

What Is A Major Application

‘Major’ applications dealt with by the council are nationally defined as proposals for 10 or more houses, 1,000 square metres (or more) of building floorspace or development carried out on a site having an area of 1 hectare or more.

The guidance in this practice note might however also be useful to other applicants proposing large developments that do not fall strictly within these criteria.

Key Issues In Our District

Applications for major developments often involve the council assessing a range of complex planning and technical issues. By their nature, large developments can cause significant change in a local environment and be very controversial with the local community.