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GCSP validation checklist consultation

Since 2008 local planning authorities have been required to publish a list of information they require to ‘validate’ the planning applications they receive.

In addition to the statutory national information requirements, the local validation checklist sets out the additional documents that the local planning authority requires applicants to provide (depending on the type and scale of application) in order to make their planning application valid.

The existing checklist is now out of date and following a review we are now consulting on a revised list to be used in the validation of planning applications.

Have your say

The proposed local validation checklist is open to public consultation for a six-week period from 7 January to 5pm on 18 February 2020.

Please send any comments you wish to make to

You can also write to Planning Support (Local Validation Checklist), Greater Cambridge Shared Planning, South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne CB23 6EA.

You will receive an acknowledgement of your correspondence either by email or post and your response will be held on our database for audit purposes.

It will not be possible to respond to specific comments, but all comments will be recorded and fed into the consultation process.

Next steps

After the consultation period, the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service will consider all the comments received and amend the existing validation guidance as appropriate.

The final proposal on the validation of planning applications will then be taken to the two councils’ Planning Committees for approval.

When approved this will replace the existing validation guidance and will form the basis on which applications are deemed valid by the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service.