Find out how to submit a planning application. We encourage you to submit your applications online during the COVID-19 outbreak.
How to avoid an invalid application:
If you are unsure how to provide this information yourself you can appoint an agent (e.g. architect, planning consultant) to manage the application and apply for planning permission on your behalf. If you use an agent, all correspondence will be sent directly to them. To appoint a professional planner search the RTPI directory of planning consultants. For free, independent planning advice and assistance for individuals and community groups try Planning Aid England. If further advice on validation requirements is required, we do offer a pre-application service which can help with this.
Anybody can apply for planning permission on any piece of land regardless of ownership. Nevertheless you must inform the owner or all the part-owner/s (if you are not the full owner), any leaseholders with at least seven years' lease remaining and any agricultural tenants. Use the article 13 notifications below (Notification of an application to the owner of the land) and please include a completed copy with your application.
For details of how we handle your information please read our Planning Application Privacy Notice .
We would encourage you to submit your application online via the Planning Portal rather than on paper during the COVID-19 outbreak. This ensures we can process your documents electronically whether we are based at Council offices or working from home. Please also provide an email address on the application form so we are able to correspond electronically rather than by post.
Contributions to Sport and Play in former Tynedale and Wansbeck District Areas
The Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) (England (No. 2) Regulations 2019 came into force on 1 September 2019. These regulations make a number of important changes to the operation of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and section 106 planning obligations. These changes included removing altogether the ‘pooling restriction’ which prevented charging authorities from entering into more than five section 106 obligations to fund a single infrastructure project and allowing authorities to charge developers for the costs of monitoring planning obligations.
Following a review of the relevant legislation and policy, Northumberland County Council will be requesting contributions towards Sport and Play infrastructure in the Tynedale and Wansbeck Areas for development of one or more dwellings for any application validated on or after 1st April 2020.
The relevant documents and guidance are available to view on our website but you will be contacted by the case officer if this applies to your planning application.
Section 106 Agreements - Guidelines on Contributions to Play & Sports Facilities (Tynedale District Council Area)
Section 106 Agreements - Guidelines on Contributions to Play & Sports Facilities (Wansbeck District Council Area)
How to prepare a valid planning application
It is important that you understand what documents are required to support your application. This is dependent on the location, scale or type of development you are proposing. Failure to provide the correct documents may result in your application being returned to you, or being classed as 'invalid' until the correct information is provided. An application will not be passed to a Planning Officer to decide until the application is 'valid'.
For guidance on what you will need to submit with your application please view our Validation Checklist.
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