This guidance was published on 7 December 2007 and outlines new procedures for the validation of planning applications. The guidance outlines the benefits of these in helping planning authorities to achieve good performance and providing greater certainty. It is linked to the mandatory use of the standard application form from 6 April 2008. The guidance also provides information on "local lists", which are lists of local requirements which need to accompany each application.
This guidance can be viewed here