To enable a full assessment of the proposed development to take place the planning officer who is responsible for the application will visit the site. This is essential to ensure that the proposals and surroundings can accurately be visualised in order to assess whether there would be any problems if the development were to take place.
The next stage is to consider the proposed development in the light of the Government’s and the Council’s planning policies and advice, in particular Dudley Council’s Unitary Development Plan.
If the application is unacceptable as submitted but amendments could overcome the concerns, the planning officer will explain this to you or your agent. If a minor amendment would overcome the concerns you will be given a reasonable time to send us revised proposals. If, at the end of that period, we have not received the amendments and no extension of the time period has been agreed, the council may decide the proposals as originally submitted. If more substantial amendments are necessary, particularly if they are likely to require further consultation, we may invite you to withdraw the application and submit a new revised application. No additional fee is payable in these circumstances providing this is within 12 months of the withdrawal. Applications will be refused if they are considered to be unacceptable in principle or the necessary amendments cannot be agreed.
Once satisfied that all the relevant information is available, including representations made by interested parties, the planning officer co-ordinates all relevant information and prepares a report on the application and how it should be determined. The Director of the Urban Environment under powers delegated to him by the Development Control Committee, may himself determine applications which are straight forward and not controversial. A list of the powers delegated to the Director can be inspected at the Directorate of the Urban Environment Reception, 3 St James’s Rd. All other applications are presented to the Development Control Committee for determination.