How are decisions made?
First of all we have a duty to consult a variety of people about the plans so that their views can be taken into account when the application is formally considered. These include the parish or town council if there is one, owners and occupiers of neighbouring properties, and other organisations such as the Highway Authority or the Environment Agency.
Applications are also advertised on site and some are also advertised in local newspapers. We will allow 21 days for third parties to comment on applications although in practice, any comments received before the application is decided will be taken into consideration.
Generally, applications which are clearly in accordance with the Development Plan and that have not attracted objections are determined by Council officers.Major applications and those which are contentious are decided by elected Councillors at the Planning Committee. The Committee normally meets on a 3-weekly cycle and applicants and objectors have the opportunity to speak at the Committee.
Select for more information about the decision making process on planning applications
Select for more information about the decisions delegated to Officers
How can I view an application and make comments?
Submitted applications can be viewed at Borough Council offices or at Staveley Housing Office for those proposals in the Staveley Parish area. Details of submitted applications are also listed on this website and comments can be made by selecting the link below the application's details.
In the case of householder applications, in the event of an appeal that proceeds by the expedited procedure, any representations made about the application will be passed to the Secretary of State and there will be no opportunity to make further representations.
Select to view and comment upon a planning application
Anyone can make comments on a planning application by writing to the Development Management Group Leader at the Town Hall, Chesterfield S40 1LP. It is a good idea to look at the plans before you make your comments.
How do I find out about a decision?
We expect that most decisions will be made within eight weeks of a completed application, although it can sometimes take longer. We can advise on the progress of an application. Planning decisions can be checked by contacting Planning Services on 01246 345811 or looking at the website.
Permitted Development Rights and Article 4 Directions
Certain types of development can be carried out without the need for planning permission. This is known as permitted development, and covers a wide range of minor developments by householders, farmers and foresters. It also includes developments by statutory undertakers – this term covers a wide variety of public bodies, such as gas and electricity providers, water boards and telecommunications operators.Select for further information on permitted rights of development and Article 4 directions