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Planning pre-application advice service

You can ask for advice on your development proposals before formally submitting your planning application.

You need to send your request via email and provide the following information:

  • a covering letter with the proposed development and supporting information
  • schedule of proposed uses
  • site location plan (scale 1:1250)
  • photographs and drawings showing the existing site, buildings and trees
  • outline plan of your proposal
  • draft drawings showing floor plans and the height and scale of the development

For larger sites other information may be required. For example information that can be used for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

You also need to provide the pre-application advice fee, if required. For guidance about fees for our planning pre-application advice service, refer to our latest fees schedule (PDF).

Pay pre-application advice fee

Advice about the following development types or planning-related situations is exempt from charge:

  • advertisement proposals
  • householder schemes
  • certificates of lawfulness
  • enforcement
  • a local resident affected by a development

What happens next

When payment (if required) has been received, we will acknowledge your pre-application submission and send you the contact details of your planning officer. If anything is missing from the submission, we will let you know before we pass the pre-application to a planning officer.

The planning officer will consider your submission and, if necessary, contact you to arrange a meeting.

The matters suitable for discussion will include:

  • information about relevant policies and other planning requirements
  • provision of advice regarding the procedure, consultation, and estimated time scale for the planning application
  • the required information for making a valid planning application
  • indication of the likely requirement for contributions by the developer, such as levels of affordable housing, highways improvements and health and education payments
  • informal and without prejudice comments and guidance on the content, construction and presentation of an application likely to satisfy the Council's planning policies

After the meeting, you will receive a detailed advice letter outlining planning issues, constraints and application requirements.

Notes

We have the right to decline a request if it is not considered appropriate or necessary.

Any views or opinions expressed are given in good faith, and to the best of ability, without prejudice to the formal consideration of any planning application, which will be subject to public consultation and ultimately decided by the council. You should therefore be aware that officers cannot give guarantees about the final formal decision that will be made to your planning or related applications.

However, the written advice given will be considered by the council as a material consideration in the determination of the future planning-related applications, if an application is made within three years, subject to the proviso that circumstances and information may change or come to light that could alter the position.