New planning application forms

Submitting a planning application to Hackney Council’s planning service is set to become simpler, with the introduction of a new standard form.

From March, anyone applying for planning permission in Hackney will use the standard planning application form the Government has introduced across England.

The standard planning application form, known as 1APP, will replace all existing types of forms. Previously, local planning authorities each produced their own planning application forms, which could lead to inconsistency in the planning process.

Introduction of the new forms represents the biggest change to the planning process in recent years and a significant step forward in simplifying the system.

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, said: “The new standard planning application form is designed to make the system clearer for planning professionals and residents alike.”

Benefits of the Standard Planning Application Form (1APP):
•A simpler, more transparent planning process
•Familiarisation with just one form for all application types and all Councils
•Standard information (such as, your address and contact information) so it does not need to be re-entered for future applications when applying electronically
•A better chance of submitting a valid planning application
•The electronic form determines the correct planning consent required
•1APP allows the completion of a single online application form for multiple types of consent, such as, Listed Building Consent alongside a Full Planning Application

Applications can be submitted electronically or as a hard copy. Visit:

Anyone who would like to know more should contact the Council’s Duty Planner on: 020 8356 8062 or:

Associated with the introduction of the Standard Planning Application Form (1APP), are new requirements to check that planning applications are valid and complete. These are national and local requirements laid down by the Department for Communities and Local Government and by Hackney Council. The proposed validation checklists for Hackney are available at: Comments on the proposed list can be sent to: by 25 March.