We deal with most types of planning applications, from validation to decision. However, a small number are dealt with by Lincolnshire County Council, including mining and waste applications and those which relate to schools.

Viewing planning applications

Planning applications are public documents and are placed on the Planning Register. All current applications are available to any member of the public during normal office hours. If you wish to view an application that has already been decided, please call the planning support team first to make sure the file is available.

You can view details of planning applications, including plans and reports, by using the search pages on our E-planning page.

Contact us if you have provided any other information as part of your application which falls within the definition of personal data under the Data Protection and you do not wish it to be published on our website.

The Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985 requires that any written correspondence must be made available for public inspection. It is not therefore possible to treat your comments in confidence and any correspondence, including names and addresses, will be open to both press and public and will be available on our website.  In the event of an appeal relating to an application, your comments may also appear on the Planning Portal website

How we handle the processing of applications

As soon as we receive an application it is given a unique reference number. Anyone can get this number by calling us or searching on our website via the E-planning section. If you quote it to us we can give you information about the progress of an application and tell you who the case officer is.

We get eight weeks to decide most applications and 13 weeks for large or 'major' applications. Every application must be validated. It must be made valid before we can start the clock. Validation means checking that we have all of the required plans, supporting information and fees.

When the eight or 13 week period is up a decision will be made. On very rare occasions a few applications may take longer. The decision notice will be sent to the agent. Anyone else who wrote in to voice an opinion (for example an objector or a supporter) will also be notified of the decision.

You can speak to your local District Councillor regarding any planning application or indeed any planning matter, who may on your behalf discuss the matter with the Development Control Team. They may then choose to refer the application to a Planning Committee for a decision but this has to be agreed by the Council's call in panel who consider requests from members that an application be dealt with at Planning Committee.

Appealing a decision

If the application is refused the applicant has the right to appeal against the decision including any conditions imposed on approvals. The appeals inspectorate is an independent body who will send out an inspector to assess whether we made the right decision. Sometimes applications may go to a hearing or even a public enquiry. An enquiry is similar to a small court case.

There is currently no third party right of appeal for neighbours or anyone else to appeal a refusal. It is not possible to appeal against an approval.