Submitting A Planning Application
We would recommend that you submit your planning application electronically by visiting the Planning Portal. This is now the preferred method to send your application to us. The site allows you to complete an on-line application form, buy site location plans and attach drawings.
The fee can be paid by telephoning our call centre on 01543 462621 or posting a cheque to us.
If you prefer to complete the application manually you can download the forms and help notes from the links shown below. Completed forms would then need to be forwarded to the Planning Department accompanied by the relevant detailed drawings, supporting documents and the fee.
A full list of requirements is included in Annex A. of the Cannock Chase Council Validation Document available below. Please use the checklist to ensure that the forms for submission have been correctly completed and that all relevant information is submitted to us. Failure to complete the forms, supply detailed drawings or other relevant supporting information will result in the application becoming invalid. The Planning Technician will write to applicants/agents requesting any information that has not been supplied and will retain the incomplete application until the necessary details are received.
Planning Application Fees
Planning fees can be calculated using the Planning Portal fee calculator. Discharging Planning Conditions or requesting that they have been discharged also attracts a planning fee.
Important Note: When submitting applications by post/email Cannock Chase Council requires 4 sets of completed forms and drawings. These are national requirements so Cannock Chase Council has no discretion in relation to these issues. You should note carefully the requirements for full applications for the erection of buildings or extensions to buildings which are included in the Cannock Chase Validation Document and summarised in the Checklists.
Go to Apply Online - The Planning Portal in order to apply for planning permission online via the Planning Portal.
Use the The Planning Portal link to print the forms if you do not wish to apply online.
Notice 1 will be required if Certificate B or C is completed on the planning application form and Notice 2 will be required if Certificate C or D is completed on the planning application form. Both notices can be downloaded below.
To check the Classifications for Change of Use please refer to the Use Classes Order below. Please note that this Guide has not been written by Cannock Chase Council and therefore does not accept any liability for errors that may be within this guide. Reference can be made to the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended) and the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (as amended).
Non Material Amendment and Minor Material Changes
From June 2010 Government introduced new processes to the planning system to enable changes to an application.
Please click on the Planning Portal links shown above to access the necessary forms.
Requests to Remove/Vary or Discharge Planning Conditions.
Applications can be made to remove or vary a condition(s) attached to a planning consent once a decision has been made. Forms can be downloaded from the Planning Portal links shown above or you can apply online.
The fee to remove or vary a condition is £234.
Applications can be made to discharge planning conditions attached to a planning consent following grant of permission and can also be downloaded from the links shown above or you can apply online.
All requests for approval of details pursuant to conditions, apart from the standard reserved matters which are covered by the normal fee regime, now attract a fee.
Please note: A fee is also required where, for example, a solicitor asks for confirmation that one or more conditions have been complied with. If the request relates to more than one condition only the flat rate fee is payable but any subsequent request to deal with other conditions or even the same condition again, e.g. change of brick type, also attracts a fee. Solicitors requesting confirmation after development has been completed can do this by letter and do not need to use the planning forms.
The fee is £116 per request (whether for one or more conditions) or £34 if it relates to householder development.
Please note: Tree and Hedgerow forms should be submitted to Environmental Services upon completion.
If after reading the guidance you are still unsure as to whether you need planning permission you can download and complete the Householder Exemption Form below, which can be completed and forwarded to the Planning Department. Once received an officer can establish as to whether planning is required and if so can forward the necessary forms.
If you have any problems completing application forms or need advice please email email@example.com or telephone 01543 462621 and ask for Development Control.
Documents link Documents/Forms/Leaflets
Guide to the Use Classes Order 2010
Householder Exemption Form
Submission Guidance Documents
The following documents guidance on a range of planning matters:
- Why we have a Town & Country Planning System in the UK
- Supplementary Planning Document 2016 - This sets out a series of local design and sustainable building guidelines and recognised good practice examples to set the content for consideration of development proposals. It also contains more specific guidance, residential space standards and Tree and Landscape Guidance.
- Cannock Chase Council Validation of Planning Applications - A Guide to National and Local Requirements.
- S106 Documents - Standard Draft Text
- Unilateral Agreements - Standard Draft Text
- Design and Access Statement - Requirements to Support a Planning Application.
- Biodiversity and Geological Conservation guidance and Validation Checklist for Staffordshire - Relevant where protected or priority species are known or strongly suspected to be present and/or designated sites of nature conservation or geological conservation interest or priority habitats are involved.
- Contaminated Land - A guide for the redevelopment of land affected by contamination (Staffordshire Local Authorities) - Relevant where there is evidence to suggest that the site could be contaminated or be affected by nearby contaminated sites.
- Cannock Chase Local Plan 2014 - The Local Plan is the prime Policy Document used by the District Council in making planning decisions.
- Staffordshire Residential Design Guide - Use this guide for advice on highways design.
- These documents can be downloaded from this website.
- Design Supplementary Planning Document 2016 - download link
- S106 Draft Agreement Text
- Unilateral Draft Agreement Text
Why we have a Town & Country Planning System in the UK
Cannock Chase Council Validation of Planning Applications - A Guide to National and Local...
Biodiversity and Geological Conservation guidance
Biodiversity and Geological Conservation validation check list
Cannock Chase Local Plan 2014
Supplementary Planning Document
Staffordshire Residential Design Guide
Supplementary Planning Document - Parking Standards, Travel Plans & Developer...
S106 Draft Agreement Text
Unilateral Draft Agreement Text
Design and Access Statement - Requirements to Support a Planning Application
The New Requirements
These statements help you to think about the best design solution for your proposal and to explain how you have chosen the design which you submit. They are used by us to help assess your proposals. Many planning applications require a Design and Access Statement to be submitted with the application. New regulations, effective from 6th April 2010, revise the requirements for Design and Access Statements to support applications.
In general, an application for planning permission, reserved matter approval or listed building consent will need to be supported by a Design and Access Statement (DAS). However, there are a number of exceptions to this requirement. We will be unable to consider your application until we have received any necessary Design and Access Statement.
The following types of Application do not require a DAS in any circumstances:
• Advertisement Consent
• Approval of Details Reserved by Condition
• Certificates of Lawfulness
• Conservation Area Consent
• Hazardous Substance Consent
• Hedgerow Removal Notice
• Non-Material Amendment
• Notification for approval under GPDO (Agriculture, Demolition, Telecoms)
• Renewal of Extant Permissions
• Section 73 non-compliance with a condition
• Works to Trees
Applications for the following types of development do not require a DAS in any circumstances:
• Planning applications proposing solely engineering or mining operations
• Planning applications proposing solely a change of use of the land or buildings, without any physical external alterations.
Applications for the following types of development do not require a DAS, unless any part of the site is within a conservation area:
• Householder developments to or within the curtilage of an existing dwelling (house, bungalow, flat, maisonette);
• Alteration of an existing building which does not increase the size of the building;
• Extension of a non domestic building where not more than 100m² of new floorspace (measured externally) would be created;
• Erection, construction, alteration or improvement of a gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure where the new height would not exceed the existing height or 2 metres, whichever is the higher, AND provided that the development would not be in the curtilage of a listed building;
• Erection, alteration or replacement of plant and machinery where the new height would not exceed the existing height or 15 metres, whichever is the higher;
• Development on the operational land of statutory undertakers where the cubic content of the new works does not exceed 100m³ AND where the new height of the building would not exceed the existing height or 15 metres, whichever is the higher;
Any application for planning permission not coming within the exceptions listed above will require a Design and Access Statement. Any application for listed building consent will require a Design and Access Statement, with those proposing no external alterations to the building not requiring the Access part.
The following useful documents can be downloaded below to help you submit the correct paperwork.
- Householder Applications Checklist
- Outline Applications Checklist
- Checklist For Use With Application for Full Applications/Reserved Matters for Non Householder Development Including Changes of Use Involving Creation of Dwellings But Excluding All Other Changes Of Use.
- Checklist For Use With Applications For Change Of Use With No Operational Development Other Than Ventilation/Extraction Equipment & Other Changes Of Use Involving Creation Of Dwellings.
Extensions and Additions to Dwellings
Extending and Altering Your Home
(a) Extensions and Alterations to Dwellings (excluding Extensions and Alterations to the Roof)
Are permitted subject to the following restrictions:-
• No more than 50% of the curtilage excluding the ground area of the **original dwelling** to be covered by buildings.
• Extension no higher than highest part of the existing roof.
• Extension eaves no higher than the height of the existing eaves.
• Not extending beyond the wall which fronts a highway and forms a principal or side elevation of the original dwelling.
• Single storey additions not to extend beyond the rear wall of the original dwelling by more than 4 m for a completely detached property or 3 m for other dwellings nor to exceed 4m in height. Other dwellings are classed as link detached, semi detached, terraced.
• Two or more storey additions not to extend beyond the rear wall by more than 3 m or be within 7 m of any boundary of the curtilage opposite the rear wall.
• Extensions within 2 m of a boundary of a curtilage not to have eaves exceeding 3 m in height.
• Side extensions not to exceed 4 m in height be more than one storey and be more than half the width of the original dwelling.
• Must not include verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
In the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Conservation Areas the following additional restrictions apply:-
• No cladding or rendering.
• No side extensions.
• No two storey extensions.
Conditions applicable in all cases are:-
• External materials (other than conservatories) must be similar in appearance to the existing.
• Any upper floor windows in side elevations must be obscure glazed with no opening parts 1.7 m or less in height above internal floor height.
• Two or more storey extensions shall as far as practicable have the same roof pitch as the original.
**The term "Original Dwelling" means the house as it was first built. You need to be aware that although you may not have built an extension to the house, a previous owner may have done so which would be classed as an extension to the dwelling.**
Construction of a Porch
Adding a Porch or Canopy outside any External Door of a Dwelling
This is permitted subject to:-
• Ground floor area not exceeding 3 m².
• Height not exceeding 3 m above ground level.
• No part within 2 m of a highway.
(This provision has not changed from the 1995 Order).
Adding a canopy to a property still requires consent if the canopy fronts a highway.
Paving/Hard Surfacing Your Front Garden
You will not need planning permission if a new or replacement driveway of any size uses permeable (or porous) surfacing such as gravel, permeable concrete blocks, paving or porous asphalt, or if the rainwater is directed to a lawn or border to drain naturally or drainage is installed to link up to a soakaway within the curtilage of the dwelling however, planning permission will be required if the surface to be covered is situated between the principal elevation and a highway,covers more than 5 square metres and the materials used are impermeable (non porous) so that they do not control rainwater running off into the roads. This also includes new and replacement driveways.
For driveways that do need consent our householder application forms will need to be completed and submitted with the fee of £172.
Click on the The Planning Portal link to access infomation on ;
- Permeable Surfaces
- Rain Gardens and Soakaways
- Wheel Tracks
- Why New Guidance Has been Introduced
Buildings/Enclosures Within The Curtilage Of A Dwelling
Rules governing outbuildings apply to sheds, greenhouses and garages as well as other ancillary garden buildings such as swimming pools, ponds, sauna cabins, kennels, enclosures (including tennis courts) and many other kinds of structures.
These buildings and structures are permitted subject to the following restrictions:-
- Total area covered must not exceed 50% of the curtilage excluding the ground area of the original dwelling.
- Not forward of a wall forming a principal elevation of the original dwelling.
- Single storey only.
- No higher than 4 m with a dual pitched roof.
- No higher than 2.5 m if within 2 m of boundary of the curtilage.
- No higher than 3 m in any other case.
- Eaves not to exceed 2.5 m.
- Not within the curtilage of a Listed Building.
- No verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
- No dwelling.
- No microwave antennae(satelite dishes).
- Fuel container not to hold more than 3,500 litres.
None of these items are permitted within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty if the total ground area covered situated more than 20 m from any wall of the dwelling would exceed 10 m².
In the AONB and Conservation Areas no development between the side elevation of the dwelling and the boundary of the curtilage.
This class includes buildings for the keeping of poultry, bees, pet animals, birds or other livestock for domestic needs or personal enjoyment of occupants as it did previously.
Walls, Fences and Gates
Adding or changing Walls, Gates and Fences
There are no changes to the 'permitted development' provisions on walls, fences, gates or other means of enclosure which allow up to 2m above ground level in most situations, but a maximum of 1m adjoining a highway used by vehicular traffic and no development within the curtilage of or on the boundary of a listed building.
In brief details are as follows:-
You will need to apply for planning permission if you wish to erect or add to a fence, wall or gate and:
- it would be over 1 metre high and next to a highway used by vehicles (or the footpath of such a highway); or over 2 metres high elsewhere; or
- your right to put up or alter fences, walls and gates is removed by an article 4 direction or a planning condition; or
- your house is a listed building or in the curtilage of a listed building.
- the fence, wall or gate, or any other boundary involved, forms a boundary with a neighbouring listed building or its curtilage.
You will not need to apply for planning permission to take down a fence, wall,or gate, or to alter or improve an existing fence, wall or gate if you don't increase its height.
In a conservation area, however, you might need conservation area consent to take down a fence, wall or gate.
You do not need planning permission for hedges as such, though if a planning condition or a covenant restricts planting (for example, on "open plan" estates, or where a driver's sight line could be blocked) you may need planning permission and/or other consent.
The Developer Contributions and Housing Choices Supplementary Planning Document - July 2015 sets out the Councils policy on Affordable Housing.
If you have any queries concerning the above please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Protocol For Planning Decision Making
Please click on the Local Protocol download below if you require information relating to Planning Decision Making, the content of this document covers;
- The Purpose of Protocol
- The Role and Conduct of Councillors and Officers
- Declaration and Registration of Interests
- Development Proposals Submitted by Councillors and Officers and Development Proposals by the Council
- Lobbying of and by Councillors
- Pre-application Discussions and Negotiations during the Processing of Applications
- Decision Making Procedures
- Planning Obligations
- Decisions Contrary to Oficer Recommendation and/or the Development Plan
- Access to Information
- Comments, Compliments and Complaints
- Application Form To Speak at Committee
If you wish to make any comments on an application you can download and complete the comments form, also available below.
Alternatively you can email your comments to email@example.com
Links To Other Authorities and Organisations
West Midlands Planning Aid Service (WMPAS) provides free and independent advice on town planning issues to community groups and individuals who cannot afford professional fees. It is part of the Royal Town Planning Institute. It is a charitable organisation independent of central and local government. It has paid staff as well as a strong volunteer network.
Planning Aid can enable communities and prepare them for their involvement in the planning process.
West Midlands Planning Aid Service can be contacted at:
18 Ludgate Hill
Tel: 0121 236 8890 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Buying Ordnance Survey Maps/Location Plans On Line
Boundary encroachment is not something that the Local Authority becomes involved with unless a Council owned property or land is involved therefore for private boundary disputes legal advice is required either via a solicitor or Citizens Advice and boundaries may be defined by contacting the Land Registry on 0151 473 1110.
Assistance can also be obtained from Surveyline who are an independant national network of Chartered Surveyors and Valuers who can advise and deal with disputes.
Surveyline free telephone number is 0800 169 7969, email email@example.com or visit the website at www.surveyline.com
Borough & District Councils
Oultwood.com - Links to UK and Overseas Authorities
Please Note: Cannock Chase District Council is not responsible for the content of external websites linked from these pages.
Last Updated: 23/03/2018