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What makes a valid application?

Validation of Planning Applications

The validation checklist is designed to help applicants to identify information required to be submitted in support of a planning application. Without this information, an application may be invalid which can lead to delays in dealing with it. 

Burnley's guide,

"Planning Application Information Requirements and Validation Checklists - National and Local Guidance"

was adopted in December 2010 and contains all the information you need to ensure your application is valid when submitted, regardless of application type.


Draft Planning Application Validation Checklist

Following the publication of new guidance by the Department of Communities and Local Government all Local Planning Authorities were required to amend their checklists and to consult on the amendments.  As noted above, Burnley Borough Council's current validation checklist was adopted in December 2010.  This new Planning Application Validation Checklist (PAVC) will sit alongside the current Householder Planning Application Validation Checklist (HPAVC).

Public consultation  

The public consultation on Burnley Borough Council's draft Planning Application Validation Checklist runs from 25th August 2017 to 22nd September 2017.

In addition to being available online the draft Planning Application Validation Checklist is available for inspection at Contact Burnley, 9 Parker Lane, Burnley between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday (with the exception of Wednesday when the office opens at 10am).  In addition, the relevant policies have been included, together with details of where to obtain further information.

Any comments on the draft validation checklist should be submitted by one of the methods specified below by no later than5pm on Friday 22nd September 2017.

  • By email to noting “DPAVC Consultation 17” as the subject, or
  • By post to Draft PAVC Consultation 17, FAO Graeme Thorpe, Housing & Development Control, 19 Parker Lane, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11 2BY

Householder Planning Application Validation Checklist

The document originally approved in June 2015  has recently been updated to reflect current legislation.  The amended document has now been adopted and all submissions of householder planning applications after the 1st of June 2017 must now be in accordance with this guidance.

A-Z of Additional Information needed

In addition to the national statutory requirements, please see the list of local information that may be required as listed alphabetically below. This will help you to understand the type and extent of information that will be required:

Affordable housing statement

Affordable and special needs housing will be sought where a) the proposed development is for 25 dwellings or more, or of 1 hectare or more in site area; or  b) the site area is in a rural settlement of 3000 or fewer population where the development is for more than 15 dwellings or of 0.5 or more hectares in site area (See Policy H5).

It should include information concerning both the affordable housing and market housing, including the numbers, mix and location of the units and relevant financial information so that an independent viability assessment can be undertaken if necessary. If different types of affordability or tenure are proposed for different units this should be clearly explained. The statement should also include details of any Registered Social Landlords acting as partners in the development.

Air quality assessment 

Where development is proposed inside or adjacent to an Air Quality Management Area or will lead to an increase in traffic through that area, or where the development has the potential to result in a significant adverse impact on air quality, applications should be supported by sufficient information to allow full consideration of the impact of the proposal on the air quality of the area. The Assessment should predict the impact of the proposed development and will need to identify any appropriate mitigation measures that will be implemented in the development to make it acceptable. Burnley has one Air Quality Management Area at Dukebar. 

The National Planning Policy Framework 2012 (para. 124) states that planning policies should contribute to EU limits or national aims for pollutants, taking local Air Quality Management Areas into account.

Biodiversity survey and report

An ecological survey and report is needed where a site may affect Biodiversity Action Plan species, or is known or suspected to contain wildlife habitats or species protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, the Conservation (Natural Habitats etc) Regulations 1994 or the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, affects a Biological Heritage Site or Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), contains any water body, pond, ditch or similar feature. Check here for Biodiversity survey requirements, further guidance and useful links.

Environmental Impact Statement

For all developments falling within Schedule 1 of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 1999 as amended, an Environmental Statement in the form set out in Schedule 4 to the regulations must be provided. An EIA may also be required for other developments identified in Schedule 2 where its location and scale corresponds with those criteria listed in the EIA Regulations. An assessment will need to be undertaken as to the significance of any impact. An applicant may request a 'screening opinion' (i.e. to determine whether an EIA is required) from the planning authority before submitting the application.

Flood Risk Assessment

May be required dependant on Flood Zones as designated by the Environment Agency, see guidance on Flood risk

Foul Sewage details

All new buildings need seperate connections to foul and storm water sewers. If an application proposes to connect a development to the exisiting drainage system then details of the existing system should be shown on the application drawing(s). It should be noted that in most circumstances surface water is not permitted to be connected to the public foul sewer. See guidance on Foul sewage details.

Heritage Statement (including Historical, Archaeological features and Scheduled Ancient Monuments 

The scope and degree of detail necessary in a Heritage Statement will vary according to the particular circumstances of each application.  Applicants are advised to discuss proposals with either a planning officer or a conservation officer before any application is made.  For applications for Listed building consentConservation area consent, or involving total or substantial demolition of a listed building, a written statement will be required. See Heritage statement guidance on the sort of information required for different application types, and useful links. See also Chapter 12 of the National Planning Policy Framework "Conserving and Enhancing the Historic Environment"

Land contamination assessment

When considering planning applications local planning authorities must take account of whether a site may be contaminated. Please see contaminated land.

Noise Impact

The National Planning Policy Framework 2012 (paragraph 123) states planning policies and decisions should aim to both avoid/minimise noise causing a significant adverse impact in new developments (including through the use of conditions), whilst recognising the needs of existing businesses. They should also identify and protect areas of tranquillity.

Parking provision

Where changes to parking provision are proposed, applications should include details of existing and proposed parking provision and access arrangements. These details could also be shown on a site layout plan.

Photographs and photomontages 

Photographs or other types of visuals should be provided for larger developments to show how they can be satisfactorily integrated within the street scene. This is particularly important for large regeneration schemes and those in conservation areas. You are advised to contact officers for advice as to the kind of information required.

Planning Obligation/Draft Heads of Terms

Planning obligations (or Section 106 agreements) are private agreements negotiated between local planning authorities and persons with an interest in a site (developers), and are intended to make acceptable development which would otherwise be unacceptable in planning terms. Planing obligations should only be used where it is not possible to address unacceptable impacts throguh a planning condition.

The National Planning Policy Framework 2012 (paragraph 204) sets out tests for when planning obligations can be sought. Applicants should seek clarification of the Local Planning Authority's requirements in pre-application discussions and confirm any planning obligations that they would agree to when submitting the application. This may be submitted in a statement of the proposed Heads of Terms.

Statement of Community Involvement 

Applications for large-scale proposals may need to be supported by a statement, setting out how the applicant has complied with the requirements for pre-application consultation set out in the local planning authority's adopted statement of community involvement and demonstrating that the views of the local community have been sought and taken into account in the formulation of development proposals.

Structural Survey

A structural survey will be required in support of all applications for barn conversions. The surveys should identify any areas of the building which need to be demolished or re-built.

Supporting Planning Statement 

For major applications (i.e. more than 10 dwellings or a building of more than 1000 square metres), planning applications should include a statement indicating how the proposal accords with national,regional and local planning policies. The statement should also include details of any consultations with the local planning authority and wider statutory consultees. Details of any community involvement should also be included, identifying the steps undertaken to promote public involvement, details of any public meetings or exhibitions held and copies of all correspondence with anyone affected by the proposed development.

Telecommunications Development

Planning applications for electronic communications networks should be accompanied by a range of supplementary information including area covered, details of proposed structures, any consultation undertaken, technical justification and information about the proposed development. Telecommunications planning applications should also be accompanied by a statement that certifies the equipment and installation has been designed to be in full compliance with the requirements of the radio frequency (RF) public exposure guidelines of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). Further guidance on the information that may be required is summarised in the Code of Practice on Mobile Network Development. The role of local planning authorities in supporting the expansion of such networks is set out in the National Planning Policy Framework 2012, paras 42 - 46.

Town Centre uses

Where an application is for a main town centre use additional information is required to validate it, see Town Centre uses guidance

Transport Statement and Travel Plans should be submitted for all developments generating a significant amount of movement; see Definition table and further guidance (download table here). See Transport and travel plans for guidance and useful links.

Tree survey/Arboricultural Implications 

Where there are trees within the application site, or on land adjacent to it that could influence or be affected by the development (including street trees), information will be required on which trees are to be retained and on the means of protecting these trees during construction works. (Full guidance on the survey information, protection plan and method statement that should be provided with an application is set out in the current BS5837 'Trees in relation to construction - Recommendations'

Ventilation/extraction and Refuse Disposal details

Details of the position and design of ventilation and extraction equipment including odour abatement techniques and acoustic noise characteristics, need to be included in applications for pubs,bars, restaurants, cafes or takeaways. This information (excluding odour abatement techniques unless specifically required) will also be required for significant retail, business, industrial or leisure or other similar developments where the installation of substantial ventilation or extraction equipment is proposed.  

Details of the location and size of refuse storage areas should be included with all new developments and residential conversions.

If you wish to discuss any of the above, please contact us at, or write to us at:

Housing and Development
Burnley Borough Council Contact Centre
First Floor, 9 Parker Lane
BB11 2BY

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