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How to make a planning application

Local planning requirements

Check the information you will need to submit to ensure that your planning application is valid. The supporting information required is available in the Local Planning Requirements (PAR).


As an independent regulatory authority, Planning Services at Borough Council of Wellingborough are unable to recommend architects.  The Architects Registration Board (ARB) is the body set up by Parliament as the independent UK regulator of architects.  It is the body which maintains the Register of Architects and lists the name of every architect in the UK.

Planning permission fees

Please see important information regarding Planning Portal charges.

Site location plan

For all applications we require an Ordnance Survey (or equivalent) site location plan at a scale of 1:1250. Please contact the Technical Team on 01933 231849 for a pack of 6 x A4 plans, at a cost of £26.50 (the fee may vary depending where the site is).  Or, alternatively you can buy plans from the Planning Portal.

Please note that we cannot accept Land Registry plans or plans using OS data that have no OS copyright statement.

Surface Water Drainage

As of 15 April 2015, all major developments should provide a Flood Risk Assessment/Drainage Strategy, which includes a full consideration of surface water flood risk, drainage and mitigation.  Please see the Surface Water Drainage Guidance for Developers for more information.

Further information from the Environment Agency can be found on the GOV.UK website - Flood Risk Assessment for Planning Applications.

The applicant should also complete the Developer Pro-forma for Surface Water Drainage as part of the Flood Risk Assessment/Drainage Strategy.

Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)

For all developments of two or more properties, a drainage application and fee must be made.  For details and further information, please see notes referring to Sustainable Drainage Systems and contact Northamptonshire County Council at floodandwater@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Special Protection Area/Ramsar Sites

Special Protection Areas (SPA) are the most important sites for wildlife in Europe. It is a European designation, classified under the ‘Birds Directive’ (council directive 79/409/EEC) to provide increased protection and management for areas which are important for breeding, feeding, wintering or migration of rare and vulnerable species of birds.

A ‘Ramsar’ site is a wetland of international importance designated under the convention of wetlands of international importance especially as waterfowl habitat. It is known as the ‘Ramsar Convention’ after the Iranian city where it was drawn up and adopted in 1971. The Special Protection Area (SPA) and Ramsar site boundaries for the Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits are identical, although the qualifying features are slightly different. References to the SPA should therefore be interpreted as including the Ramsar site.

The Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits Special Protection Area (SPA)/Ramsar site was formally classified by the UK government in 2011 covers 1358 hectares in four local authorities: South Northamptonshire, Northampton, Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire.

For residential developments which result in a net increase in the number of dwellings within 3km of the SPA it is proposed to avoid and mitigate likely significant effect on the SPA by making a financial contribution of £269.44 per dwelling towards Strategic Access Management and Monitoring (SAMM) and/or other suitable infrastructure. This would reduce the adverse impact of people visiting the SPA through specific measures and monitoring.

The mitigation strategy identified a fixed contribution of £269.44 per dwelling (indexed linked, with a based date of 2016). As of 1 October 2020 this contribution will rise to £296.55 to take account of indexation. Thereafter this will change on the 1 April each year.

Should you require any further information on the SPA please refer to the Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits Special Protection Area Supplementary Planning document.


Wildlife Assessment Check

The Wildlife Assessment Check is a free online tool, designed to help householders and smaller developers who are making planning applications, permitted developments or works to listed buildings to consider protected and priority species, as well as statutory designated sites that may be impacted by their works.  The tool allows applicants to check whether their proposed site and works are likely to require ecological advice before making a planning application.

The partnership is made up of 19 national conservation, planning and development organisations.  You can find out more about the tool at biodiversityinplanning.org.

Submit your application

The simplest way to submit a planning application is online via the Planning Portal.  Registration is easy and you can complete your application form, upload supporting documents and pay fees online.

The benefits of applying online include:

  • You can work on your applications in draft before submission
  • Immediate delivery and acknowledgement
  • Savings on postage and printing costs
  • Online help function when completing applications
  • Online record of your completed applications

Please note a planning application cannot be progressed until all the necessary supporting information and the appropriate fee has been received.

Article 11 Notices

Notice Under Article 11 for Planning Applications other than Householder

Notice Under Article 11 for Householder Planning Applications

The application process

The Application Process Flowchart should help you see the various stages involved in the determination of planning applications.


Last Updated:  31/‎12‎/‎2018‎