Consultation on proposed changes to Validation Checklists
In line with the statutory requirement to review our validation checklists every 2 years South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have recently undertaken a review of the validation checklists for the following application types:
The lists have been prepared in line with the government’s planning practice guidance and sets out both national requirements set by the government and local requirements.
The aim of this review was to simplify the checklists and provide useful guidance for those unfamiliar with submitting planning applications in order that we can help the submission of valid applications. As part of this process South Oxfordshire and The Vale of White Horse have aligned their checklists to reflect their nature as a dual authority. The main changes to the checklists are detailed below. This is not, however, an exhaustive list and we therefore encourage you to consider all of the lists and any comments you may wish to make on them.
- Requirement for 3 hard copies to be submitted for all major developments. Our reasoning for this is to ensure we have sufficient copies necessary to share with the Parish Council, a copy for public inspection at our offices and a copy for the Planning Officer. Major development includes 10 or more new dwellings, development of dwellings on a site of 0.5 hectare or more and commercial sites of 1 hectare or mor
- Viability assessments – where these are submitted in support of an application these will no longer remain confidential and will be made public along with the other supporting information. The aim of this change is to increase transparency on applications where viability assessments are submitted. The statement issued by DCLG earlier this year (February 2016) shows central governments direction and expectation that developers should be more transparent. Whilst Freedom of Information (FOI) and Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) can be used to obtain this information, best practice is leaning towards this information being made public at the start of the process when a planning application is submitted.
- Requirement to complete a . The aim of this change is to streamline the process. By asking for this information at the outset instead of later in the process the potential for delays in our ability to determine the application is reduced.
SODC and VOWH are now inviting comments on the draft validation checklists over a period of 6 weeks from 14 November 2016 to midday 3 January 2017 (taking account of our Christmas closure). Any comments received will be taken into consideration by SODC and VOWH prior to the final checklists being published. We aim to implement the new checklists from 9 January 2017.
Comments can be made via post or email and should be sent to the following addresses:
Post:Validation Checklist Consultation, Planning, 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Milton, OX14 4SB
Last reviewed: 14 - 11 - 2016