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How long does it take before a decision is made?

You can read details of our service in the Development Management Charter.

We aim to determine most planning applications within the statutory time periods - usually 8 weeks (or 13 weeks for major housing and commercial developments) - from the date of validation.

You can talk to the case officer to find out if any delays or problems are envisaged. However, this is best left until after the statutory consultation period, usually three to four weeks into the application. If you have employed an agent it is best to leave this to them so that the case officer only has to deal with a single person, which saves time.

Most applications are non-controversial and can be decided by planning officers under delegated powers, but some may be referred to the Planning Committee. This normally meets every four weeks in the Council Chamber, Oxted beginning at 7.30pm.


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