What is pre-application advice?
We encourage applicants and developers who are intending to submit an application for planning permission to engage with us at the earliest possible stage in the development of a scheme.
The benefits of pre-application advice are that we will:
- explain how we will apply our policies and standards
- tell you what specialist input you will need (e.g. about listed buildings, trees, landscape, noise, transport, contaminated land, ecology or archaeology)
- tell you what information you need for a valid application, to help avoid rejection at registration stage or early refusal of permission due to inadequate information
- give you an early indication where a proposal may be unacceptable, so you can fully consider your proposal against the cost of a formal planning application
- provide an early indication as to whether any planning obligations are likely to be imposed
How can I submit an enquiry for pre-application advice?
As a minimum, you must submit a completed pre-application advice enquiry form containing information on your proposal, provide a location plan and pay the required fee. When filling in the form make sure you provide as much detail as you can on your proposal, to allow us to give a detailed and accurate response.
Submit the completed form by emailing it to us at email@example.com.
What happens after I submit a pre-application enquiry?
We aim to provide you with a response within 21 days of submitting your pre-application enquiry. Currently responses may take slightly longer due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The case officer may contact you for an extension if more time is required to respond.
You will receive a single written response outlining the following:
- the relevant planning history of the site
- the relevant development plan policies against which the development proposal will be assessed
- relevant local planning guidance notes
- any other material planning considerations
- an initial assessment of the proposed development, based on the information above.
No meetings will be arranged to discuss your proposal as part of the pre-application advice service. Any site visits will be carried out at the discretion of the case officer dealing with your pre-application enquiry.
If you would like any further advice as a result of changes to a proposal you will need to submit a new pre-application enquiry.