Revised validation and local information requirements consultation

Bromley Council is in the process of reviewing validation requirements for planning applications. 

What is the validation and local information requirements document for planning applications?

The document sets out the level of information required by the local planning authority to support a planning application. The document is intended to explain clearly what plans and documents are required as part of a planning application to ensure that the council can make transparent, well informed and robust decisions on planning applications in the public interest. 

The intention is to clearly define the minimum amount of information required for proper assessment of an application. Requirements are not intended to be onerous and information will only be requested when it is necessary to enable full and proper assessment of a proposal. 

The document is divided into two sections:

  1. National and standard requirements for all application types (including householder applications)
  2. Technical supporting statements/documents required for more complex applications (could be requested for householder applications if required, this will be determined on a case by case basis)

National requirements are set by government and are consistent across all local planning authorities in England. These are set out on the Planning Portal. The local requirements must be prepared by each local planning authority and should be tailored to reflect the material planning considerations that are relevant for that area.

Why is this review undertaken? 

Planning legislation requires that the local planning authority must review its local list every two years. As part of that process the council is require to consult on a draft local list and then formally publish the document having taken any representations into consideration. A copy of the final local list must be made available on our website and the list must be subsequently reviewed every two years.

We would like to ensure that users of the service are engaged in the validation process so that applications can be validated as quickly as possible thus reducing delays for applicants and improving efficiency within the service. 

What is the period of consultation? 

The consultation period runs for six weeks and will end on Friday 24 September 2021

Please submit comments by e-mail to and clearly state within the subject line that it relates to the revised validation and local information requirements consultation.  Any comments received will be considered in the preparation of the final document before it is presented to Development Control Committee and subsequently published on our website.