Making the Decision

Once a planning application has been validated, we will aim to deal with each application within the statutory time limits. Minor applications should be decided within 8 weeks, major applications within 13 weeks and 16 weeks for applications accompanied by an environmental statement.

Read more about the decision making process on the Planning Portal.

The final decision is in the form of a decision notice issued to the applicant or agent. The decision notice will clearly set out any conditions attached to a permission or the reasons for a refusal along with any additional information.

Some decisions may not be made until the applicant and other relevant parties have entered into a planning obligation. If an obligation is believed to be required, an applicant will be told at the earliest opportunity so that negotiations over the nature of the obligation agreement can be conducted concurrently with the processing of the application.

Read more about planning conditions and obligations on the Planning Portal.

Area Planning Sub-Committee

Most planning applications are assessed against our planning policies and decided by managers in the Development Management team under delegated powers, but some larger or contentious applications are decided by Area Planning Sub-Committee.

The Sub-Committee will decide a planning application if:

  • The application is recommended for approval by officers and has received 5 or more objections from individual households and/or an objection from Claygate Parish Council

  • A Councillor requests determination by Sub-Committee for an application within their ward area

  • The application has been submitted by or on behalf of Councillors or officers of the Council

Area Planning Sub-Committee meetings are normally held every three weeks on a Monday evening at 7.45pm in the Civic Centre, Esher. The exact meeting dates may vary, so please refer to the committee calendar.

You can view the agendas one week before the meeting by selecting the date of the meeting from the listed areas below.

Speaking at Committee

In some circumstances the public are invited to participate in Area Planning Sub-Committee meetings.

Read more about who can speak at Committee, including how to register your interest, which information is relevant to discuss and what to expect at the meeting itself.

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