Consultation is an important part of the application process. You should discuss your proposal with everyone who is interested in, or is likely to be affected by your proposed activity. We can help you to identify who you’ll need to consult with, such as:
Consultation should start well before the application process – you may need to allow 6 months or more for consultation for large, complex projects.
The purpose of consultation is to identify:
Everyone you consult with should be provided with all relevant information on your proposal.
Ask everyone you consulted with to give you written comments to include with your application. Report their views and whether you’ve changed your proposal to take their views into account. Ask those consulted whether they are willing to give you their "written approval" and explain to them that this means that the Council will regard them as not affected by the application when it is lodged. There is a standard form for written approvals attached to the application forms. Proposals with written approvals that are likely to have minimal affect on the environment may not have to be notified. This can save you time and money.
Clearly identify the people you have consulted with in your application, including their: