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Pre-planning application advice service

We encourage and welcome the opportunity to provide advice before you submit a full planning application.

Being able to query planning issues prior to the submission of a formal application enables applicants the opportunity to consider these issues and, if necessary, amend the proposals before they are finalised and submitted as planning applications.

Fees

Pre-application charging schedule [43KB]

What you will get

We will provide you with:

  1. the planning history of the land on which the proposed development is to be carried out, so as far relevant to the proposed application
  2. the provisions of the development plan, so far as material to the proposed application
  3. any supplementary planning guidance, so far as material to the proposed application
  4. any other considerations which are or could be material in the opinion of the authority
  5. an initial assessment of the proposed development on the basis of the information provided under paragraphs (a) to (d).

For major developments, we can also provide:

  1. whether planning obligations (within the meaning of section 106 of the 1990 Act (planning obligations) are likely to be required and, if so, an indication of the likely scope of such planning obligations, including an indication of any sum which may be required to be paid to the authority
  2. whether a liability to pay a community infrastructure levy is likely to arise, and if so, an indication of the likely amount
  3. details of any documents and particulars or evidence that would be required for a subsequent application to be a valid application.

Application forms

Statutory pre-applications

These are for general planning enquiries and will apply to most applicants.

Statutory pre-application enquiry form - part 1 [138KB]

Statutory pre-application enquiry form - part 2 [28KB]

Non-statutory pre-applications

These are for confidential enquiries and require VAT to be paid on top of the fee. This application also includes a meeting with one of our planning officers.

Non-statutory pre-application enquiry form - part 1 [138KB]

Non-statutory pre-application enquiry form - part 2 [28KB]

Additional advice

If you still need additional advice before you submit a full planning application you can request a meeting with one of our planning officers. You can also arrange a meeting if your planning application has been refused and you would like to discuss what amends can be made.

Pre-application additional advice/meeting request form [157KB]