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Departure Applications

Departure applications refer to applications for planning permission that breach local development plans. These applications are submitted to us by the local planning authority for our consideration.

Each application we consider is measured against national planning polices rather than the particular circumstances of the case. These departure applications must meet the following criteria:

  • more than 150 homes or more than 5000 square metres of retail, leisure, office or mixed commercial development
  • the LPA has an interest in the land or is one of the developers
  • approval would significantly compromise the development plan

We also consider whether the Secretary of State’s intervention is needed and if necessary, prepare a submission summarising the planning issues for the Secretary of State to decide whether to call in the planning application. 

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