Pre-Application Advice

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Pre-Application Advice Service

Please note we DO NOT provide advice on whether planning permission is required (i.e. does my extension/fence/garage conversion need planning permission or not?).  You are advised to consult thePlanning Portal Interactive House

Please be aware we have now introduced charges for pre-application advice, details on the fees charged can be found on the following Charging Schedule. Once you are in receipt of your acknowledgement letter which provides your Application Reference Number please contact our Customer Services Centre to make your payment.  Please call 01362 656870  and select Option 5 - All other Enquiries and then Option 3- Make a Payment for Planning and Building Control.  Please ensure you provide your Application Reference Number to the Customer Services Team. Payments can be made by credit/debit card only.  

NB: All applications will be placed on hold and kept for a period of not more than 28 days from the date of submission.  If payment and/or documents are not received within this time the application will be withdrawn and you will need to re-apply.

Pre-application service can provide a good indication of whether a proposed development is likely to receive a positive outcome in the event a planning application. Please note the level of advice given will be dependent on the information provided, we therefore suggest you provide as much information as possible including plans/sketches, photographs, surveys or supporting documents.

Please note we offer a range of charged options which include a written response and a virtual meeting, depending on the level of advice required and the development proposed. Our response will provide details of:

  • The relevant planning policies
  • Relevant planning history
  • Constraints such as tree preservation orders, conservation areas, Listed Buildings etc.
  • The main planning considerations, including an officer's opinion on matters such as the impact on neighbouring uses and the suitability of the proposed design
  • Any Consultees who should be contacted by yourselves before submitting a planning application
  • How to make a planning application

Any proposed works constituting development (works in, on or under the land) that would usually require planning permission will incur a fee for pre-application advice. Proposed works of alteration to a listed building that does not constitute development will not incur an application fee for pre-application advice.

Applications for Pre-Application Advice will only be accepted online using the appropriate form.

We will endeavour to provide advice within 28 days.  Where a meeting is required, the 28 days will start from the date of the meeting.

Pre-application advice is based only on the information provided and is the officers opinion only it does not prejudice the Council from taking an alternative decision if new information arises during a planning application or from taking appropriate enforcement action.  All planning applications are subject to public consultation, which may affect an officer recommendation and any planning application may be required to be heard at planning committee, in accordance with the Councils adopted scheme of delegation, who may make an alternative decision to that of the officer recommendation.

The only way the Council can confirm in writing whether something is permitted development (i.e. does not need a formal application for planning permission or not) is via an application for a Lawful Development Certificate for which there is a fee.  Find further information about Certificates of Lawful Development

Also, the Council cannot provide advice on the permitted use class of a building, a Lawful Development Certificate is again advised in this regard.

Generally we will not consult with statutory consultees during a pre-application enquiry such as the Highways Authority, Environmental Health, Lead Local Flood Authority, Ecology etc, it is the applicants responsibility to do this prior to making a planning application

Last updated: 20/08/2021 16:54:53