The Council do not have the power to accept minor amendments by letter. There are a number of ways an application can be amended and this page will detail these.
If your application has been refused, a fresh application will be needed.
Submit amended plans on a live application
It is possible to amend your plans while the application is running. This will only be acceptable for very minor amendments and will be accepted at the case officers' discretion. Anything more than a very minor amendment will not be accepted as a new application would be required. To submit amendments you need to complete our Submit amended plans form.
If you wish to make amendments to plans following a planning approval there are two different methods. The one to use depends on the original conditions and the level of the amendment required.
Making amendments to your approved application
De minimis changes
Some changes are so small and so minor they can be considered de minimis and would not warrant an amendment of any type. For example, the movement of a window 5 millimetres to the east from the approved position is so slight it would be of no legal consequence and could be considered de minimis. This is not a decision for the Council to make however. Ultimately only the Courts could decide the amendment is de minimis.
Non Material Amendment (NMA)
An application for changes to an application that are of a minor nature and are therefore not considered to be material can be amended in a Non Material Amendment application. You will need to send plans showing the scheme as approved and as you intend it to be amended into the office. Officers will have to make a judgement call to decide if they consider the amendment to be non-material and therefore an NMA application can be made. If the changes are material a full new application will be required.
Once you are sure that an NMA is appropriate you will need to make the NMA application using the relevant forms accompanied by plans showing the amendment.
Minor Material Amendment (MMA)
This can only be used when (a) The approved plans are listed in a condition on the planning consent and (b) the change is not 'material'. The decision notice will show if the approved plans condition has been imposed. If this condition has been imposed, you will need to send plans showing the scheme as approved and as you intend it to be amended into the office. Officers will have to make a judgement call to decide if they consider the amendment to be non-material and therefore a minor material amendment application can be made. If officers consider the changes to be material, a full new application will be required.
If you are sure that an MMA application is appropriate you will need to make a variation of condition application.
To make any of the above applications, please visit our Planning Application Forms page.