1APP - The National Standard Planning Application Form

The National Standard Planning Application Form has become the only official method of submitting a planning application for most types of planning consent (except for Minerals consent and Building Control applications) for all Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) in England. The standard form is intended to make the process of submitting a planning application less confusing for all applicants, as it will to a great extent replace the variety of planning application forms currently produced by LPAs which differ in the questions asked, the style, the layout and the number of copies required.

Legislation is in place to make it mandatory for applications to be made only on the 1APP forms and to include all of the information and documents specified on the form (the national requirements) together with the additional information and documents specified by the Local Planning Authority to whom the application is made (the local requirements).

Winchester City Council has adopted the 1APP. The paper application forms, guidance notes and checklists, indicating the national and local list validation requirements, can be downloaded from our website using the link below.

It will be easier for applicants to submit their application on-line via the Planning Portal, rather than manually, as the Planning Portal will guide applicants through the information required, including the list of the National requirements. Note: Local requirements are currently only available from each individual local authority website.

Further information on 1APP can be found on the Planning Portal website at www.planningportal.gov.uk/1app

  • Downloadable forms

    We have adopted the 1APP forms, and all applications will be validated against the new national and local requirements, as set out in the checklists below.

    Each checklist identifies the compulsory National requirements for each application type, as set by government, and any local requirements as adopted by Winchester City Council. Each local requirement is identified as being Mandatory (will always be required for that particular application type) or Conditional (will be required if a certain set of criteria is met). If the document is described as Conditional, the checklist will identify when the document is required, and describe what form, purpose and content the document should contain.

    Please Note: For paper applications, we require the original document plus 3 copies of each document and plan to be submitted (4 sets of documents in total). If the application being submitted is on a joint application form, e.g. Householder and Listed, then a double set of plans and drawings will be required (8 sets of documents in total).

    A definition of all the document types that may be required for a valid application, and other guidance notes relating to Design and Access Statements, OS Copyright, and additional helpsheets for biodiversity and heritage requirements, can be found on the Local Requirements List page.

    It will be easier for applicants to submit their application online via the Planning Portal, rather than manually, as the Planning Portal will guide applicants through the information required, including the list of the National requirements.

    South Downs National Park

    Since 1 April 2011 the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) has been the statutory Planning Authority for the National Park area. The SDNPA has agreed and implemented unique partnerships with the 15 Local Authorities operating within the Park boundaries, working alongside and overseeing applications to ensure that planning guidelines are adhered to. Amongst them is Winchester City Council.

    Winchester City Council is responsible for the day to day processing and determination of the great majority of all planning applications (about 96%). The SDNPA will deal with applications for more significant development within the Park. For more information please refer to the FAQ section.