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Decision making process

Finding out about planning decisions

You can find a decision for a specific planning application by visiting our Planning Online section. This includes planning applications made since 2005. 

The decision

Decisions can either be delegated, which means the planning officer will make the decision without referral to committee, or they will be put to the council's Planning Committee, accompanied by a report with an officer’s recommendation.

The committee may grant planning permission, with or without conditions, or refuse it. Reasons have to be given for the imposition of conditions or for refusal. These are included on the decision notice that is sent to the applicant after a decision has been made. A record of all decisions is kept on the planning register.

The council is required by law to provide a register of all planning decisions that are made within its area. This register can be studied at the Development Control reception desk at Medway Council's Gun Wharf Headquarters.

Copies of planning decisions are available from the council. To make sure you get the correct decision notice, please provide the planning application reference number and the address to which it relates.

Find out about appealing a planning decision.