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Biodiversity Net Gain

From Monday 12 February 2024 all major applications must be accompanied by a Biodiversity Net Gain Assessment via the latest version of the DEFRA Biodiversity Metric spreadsheet. This must be supplied to make a valid submission.

The Outline and Full application validation checklists have been updated to reflect this.

Planning Application Amendments

In order to ensure timely decision-making for all our applicants, the planning department (Development Services) will not accept amendments to planning applications.  Once a planning application is made valid it will be publicly available on our Public Access webpages with full details of expected timescales for determination, within statutory timescales.

Please continue to monitor the Public Access webpages for updates including consultee responses to a planning application.

If you are submitting an application via the Planning Portal all fees to be paid via them. In order to free up our Customer Services Centre for essential calls from residents, we are only accepting fees by Bacs at this time. Full details of how to pay can be found on our Payments page.

Apply for planning permission

The easiest way to submit an application is online using the Planning Portal. You can complete the relevant application form(s), upload the required documents/plans, and pay the relevant application fee. The site also has lots of useful information and interactive planning guides. You can also find and download paper forms on the Planning Portal.

You need to make sure that you submit all the necessary information and documents – if anything is missing or incomplete we will not be able to process your application.

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What documents do I need to submit?

We have produced guidance, checklists and advice notes that are specific to Huntingdonshire and will help you submit your application.

If you are submitting a householder application you should read the householder application guidance.

If your property is in a conservation area or is a listed building or both, you need to check the guidance for these types of application.

If your application is in an area where there are trees or new landscape proposals are being considered then you can read the supporting tree and landscape guide and also check if your tree is protected.

Where do I send amended documents or plans for my application?

Please send any amended plans or documents, or additional information to support your application directly to us at Please quote the Planning Portal or planning reference number in your email, as well as attaching the amended documents. 

If you submit amendments to the Planning Portal they will automatically be viewable to the public, and we have no control over this. For this reason, we do recommend any amendments come straight to us.

How much does it cost?

If you're applying via the Planning Portal the cost of the application will be calculated for you. Details of the fees can be found in the Guide to Fees for Planning Applications or you can use the Planning Portal fee calculator.

Please note that we cannot process your application until we have received the fee. 

Once an application has been validated, fees are non-refundable. If you withdraw your application before validation, an administration fee of £60 will be deducted from your refund to cover the costs incurred in the processing and assessment of your application as well as processing of the refund.

What happens to my application and how long will it take?

Please go to the planning process guide for information on timescales.