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Once you've applied for planning permission, the planning authority will decide whether to grant planning permission.
How long will it take?
In most cases, planning applications are decided within 2 months.
For unusually large or complex applications the time limit is 4 months. For these types of applications, Planning Authorities should offer to enter into a processing agreement with developers which provides certainty and a project managed approach to decision making.
If the decision takes longer, you can appeal.
How will they decide?
Decisions are based on local development plans and will look at:
the number, size, layout, siting and external appearance of buildings
the infrastructure available – like roads and water supply
any landscaping needs
what you want to use the development for
how your development would affect the surrounding area – eg if it would create lots more traffic
In all cases the council must make decisions in line with the development plan unless 'material considerations' justify going against the plan.