Pre-application advice

Pre-application advice

    
There are four levels of Pre-application advice available ranging from Bronze to Platinum.

This is the only method of getting guidance on drawings or site specific advice. Pre-application enquiries must be made using the online form above with payment made at the point of submission by credit or debit card only. 

Before submitting your pre-application enquiry

  • Make sure you submit everything, we will not accept amendments.

  • We will not respond to speculative enquiries. You will need to send us details of a proposal.

  • We will not suggest what a site could be used for.

  • We will not state if a proposal needs planning permission or if it is a permitted development. If this is your question you will need to apply for a Lawful Development Certificate. Permitted development guidance is also available on the Planning Portal.

Bronze pre-application enquiries

  • A Planning Officer will respond to your enquiry by email within 15 working days            

Bronze pre-application enquiries
 Service Building or altering homes    Building or altering non-residential premises Price 
Planning - Bronze Alterations/ Extensions to a home  or   Up to 49 sqm  £70
  Building 1-9 homes  or  50-999 sqm   £145
  Building 10-49 homes or   1000-4999 sqm  £360
  Building 50+ homes or   5000+ sqm  £720

 

Silver pre-application enquiries

  •  A Planning Officer will contact you within 10 working days to arrange a meeting at the Civic Centre

  • Within 10 working days of the meeting the Planning Officer will email you a written response

Silver pre-application enquiries
Service Building or altering homes    Building or altering non-residential premises Price 
Planning - Silver Alterations/ Extensions to a home  or   Up to 49 sqm  £140
  Building 1-9 homes  or  50-999 sqm   £290
  Building 10-49 homes or   1000-4999 sqm  £720
  Building 50+ homes or   5000+ sqm  £1440

 

Gold pre-application enquiries

  • A Planning Officer will contact you within 10 working days to arrange a site visit. If the site visit is accompanied we will consider this your face to face meeting

  • Within 10 working days of the site visit the Planning Officer will arrange a meeting with you at the Civic Centre unless you had a meeting on site

  • Within 10 working days of your meeting the Planning Officer will email you a written response

OR

  • A Planning Officer will contact you within 10 working days to arrange a meeting on site

  • Within 10 working days of your on site meeting the Planning Officer will email you a written response.

Gold pre-application enquiries
Service Building or altering homes    Building or altering non-residential premises Price 
Planning - Gold Alterations/ Extensions to a home  or   Up to 49 sqm  £210
  Building 1-9 homes  or  50-999 sqm   £435
  Building 10-49 homes or   1000-4999 sqm  £1080
  Building 50+ homes or   5000+ sqm  £2160

Platinum pre-application enquiries

We do not currently offer this level for extension and alterations to your home or commercial developments below 50 sqm. This level is intended for more complex and larger developments.

  • A Planning Officer will contact you within 10 working days to arrange a site visit. You can choose if you wish to meet the Planning Officer on site or not

  • Within 10 working days of the site visit the Planning Officer will arrange a meeting with you at the Civic Centre

  • Within 10 working days of your meeting the Planning Officer will present their feedback at the Development Team Service panel. This will involve senior managers inputting into your written response

  • Within 10 working days of the Development Team Service panel we will email you a written response

  • Following the issuing of the written response you will have 20 working days to request a follow up meeting
    If a meeting is arranged, we will email you a final written response within 10 working days.

Platinum pre-application enquiries
Service Building or altering homes    Building or altering non-residential premises Price 
Planning - Platinum Building 1-9 homes  or  50-999 sqm   £870
  Building 10-49 homes or   1000-4999 sqm  £2160
  Building 50+ homes or   5000+ sqm  £4320

 

Getting the most from your pre-application enquiry

To get the best value from your enquiry you will need to submit drawings of your proposal. We recognise that scale plans can be costly. We will accept drawings annotated with measurements. If you feel it will help us understand your proposal, photographs of the current site will also help us provide more accurate advice. For larger and commercial proposals we would recommend providing more detailed outlines of your planned development. Amendments are not accepted once your enquiry has been submitted. The fee will not be refunded if you decide advice is no longer required even if we have not yet provided it.


The detail of our response will be proportionate to the detail you can provide us.

General planning advice

The pre-application advice service can be accessed via the online form. In addition, general planning advice can be found on the Planning Portal.

If your question is whether a proposal needs planning permission or if it is permitted development, you will need to apply for a Lawful Development Certificate. Permitted development guidance is also available on the Planning Portal.   

Our Commitment

We will identify the key planning issues of your proposal and an indication of any constraints related to the site. Advice beyond the site boundary will be provided where specific policy areas apply.

We aim to respond within the target period, however targets are subject to change during times of high application volumes and demand.

Advice given will be the informal opinion of a competent Planning Officer acting reasonably with the information supplied, based on the current law and policies.
Our advice cannot anticipate issues that result from public consultation which is part of considering a planning application.

Our advice cannot fully anticipate the formal consideration process of a planning application; neither will it be binding on the consideration of any resulting application.

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