Applying for Planning Permission
As a first step to submitting an application you should consider the Council’s Planning Policies in the Inverclyde Local Development Plan, and for smaller developments, the Council’s Planning Application Advice Notes. If a proposal complies with the Local Development Plan and, where applicable, the Planning Application Advice Notes, then it should be expected that planning permission will be granted.
In all cases it is recommended that you seek advice before submitting a planning application. The Council offers a free advice service, and Planning Officers will be pleased to provide guidance on your proposal before you submit your application. This will help you to appreciate issues that the Council will take into account in reaching a decision and will help to smooth the application process.
On receipt of a valid application you will be informed of who the Planning Officer handling your application will be, and you may contact him at any time for an update on progress that is being made. If you have sought pre application advice every effort will be made to ensure that it is this officer that handles the application. The Council aims to deal with most applications within 2 months. The timescales for Major Planning Applications is longer, and requires applicants to enter into pre-application consultation with both the public and technical experts. For Major Development Applications the Council encourages applicants to enter into a processing agreement; this will provide a commitment from both the applicant and the Council aimed at meeting timescales and giving the applicant assurances as to when a planning decision will be reached.
If you are in any doubt or require any assistance, then please do not hesitate to contact the Development Management Team.