Non-material amendments

The non-material amendment process allows for very small changes to be made on a decided application. The purpose of an application for a non-material amendment application is to determine if the proposed changes are material or not. If it is decided that the changes are material then the non-material amendment application will be refused. Only changes that would be trivial in terms of their scale, magnitude or degree in relation to the original planning permission can be approved as a non-material amendment.

We will also consider: 

  • if the change will have a negative impact on living conditions
  • if the change would have a negative impact on the appearance of the development and the character of the area
  • if any third party would be disadvantaged
  • if the change would require us to re-consult
  • if the change would be contrary to a previous statutory consultee response
  • if change would result in the development falling outside the description of the development on the approval notice
  • if the change would conflict with the objectives of any condition attached to the original permission
  • if the change needs more conditions to make it acceptable
  • if the change conflicts with planning policy
  • if the change would require an extension to site boundary (the redline shown on the location and site plan)
  • if the change would introduce new works which in themselves constitute ‘development’ requiring planning permission

If the answer to any of these is ‘yes’, the matter will not normally qualify as a non-material amendment.  However, each non-material amendment will be considered on its own merit.

If you are in any doubt about where a proposed change is likely to be non-material or not then, to avoid delays, you should consider applying either for a minor material amendment or a revised full application.