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** Important New Information - Charges for Pre-Application Advice Commenced on Monday 1st August **

Pre Application Advice

The council's pre-application service provides advice to customers who are thinking about making an application.

The Council is committed to working with prospective applicants before planning applications are submitted because early discussions can lead to high quality and appropriate development schemes being granted planning permission in a timely manner.  Importantly, these discussions can avoid wasted effort, time and cost during the planning application process.

Pre-Application Charging

A new charged for service was introduced on 1st August 2016.  This service offers informal written advice (or a meeting with summary notes) on the likelihood of being granted permission.  (We also provide a service advising whether planning permission is needed - see below).  Please note officers will not usually visit your site other than for works to trees or listed buildings. 

Where can I find details of Charges?

Details of the charging arrangements can be viewed here:  pdf icon Pre-App Charging Schedule (August 2016) [84kb]

Application Form

If you would like advice before submitting an application, the relevant form below must be completed and sent to us together with the relevant fee and a plan identifying the location and extent of the site. 

If you wish to use the word version of this form to complete  electronically please be aware that it is 'read only' You will need to view it in edit mode before filling in your details and printing.  However if you wish to print a copy of the form to be completed manually please use the pdf version.

word icon Form to request Pre-Application Advice [58kb]                                    pdf icon Form to request Pre- Application Advice [303kb]

Have you remembered to include a plan identifying the location and paid the relevant fee?

The Service Provided

Upon receipt of the completed form, we will provide you with:

  • An acknowledgement of the request with the assigned case officer's details within seven days
  • A written response or meeting scheduled (depending on your choice) within 28 days

The following advice is part of the service:

  • Relevant issues based on national and local planning policy and guidance.
  • Interested parties who will be involved in the application process
  • Information required with a planning application.
  • Any planning obligations required.
  • Likely determination periods
  • The possibility of permission being granted or refused

Status of pre-application advice

Please bear in mind that any pre-application advice is informal and at officer level only. There is no site visit or consultation process carried out. The advice given is not binding on any future decision that the council may wish to make.   This is because formal applications are subject to a site visit and consultation process, the outcome of which may affect the final decision.

Do I need Planning Permission?

You may also enquire whether planning permission is required although it is not possible to confirm definitively that a proposal does not need permission. For further information, please visit the 'Is Permission Required?' page on the website.

If you would like to establish the likelihood of planning permission being granted for your proposals, you will need to complete the form in accordance with our Pre-Application Service (top of this page).  Should you wish to seek advice both on the need for permission for your scheme and the likelihood of gaining planning consent, you need only apply for pre-application advice (i.e. not both separately).