For successful applications keep the application, plans and decision notice until the development has been completed
- For unsuccessful applications keep papers until the period within which an appeal can be made has expired (ie, six months from the date of the planning decision)
- For controversial applications (whether successful or unsuccessful) the parish council may wish to retain the papers indefinitely
Circulars, etc, from other bodies
County Association, National Association of Local Councils, etc: retain as long as useful and relevant
Magazines and journals
Keep Local Council Review for at least five years, others as long as useful and relevant
If related to audit matters, keep for the appropriate period specified in the previous chapter.
- If related to planning matters, keep for the same period as suggested for planning applications
- For other correspondence, please contact us for advice
The volume of paperwork generated by all local authorities increased dramatically in the 1960s and has continued to grow.
All pre-1960 records are potential candidates for permanent preservation.
We are happy to advise you on the historical value of documents of any age.