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Pre-application advice – developers

We work with the development industry and provide a comprehensive pre-application advice service to applicants and Planning Performance Agreements (PPA) to manage the larger scale developments.

Pre-application advice can help to:

  • give you an understanding of how an application will be judged against the policies in the development plan
  • identify where there is a need for specialist input such as that relating to trees or landscape, traffic, noise, contaminated land, land liable to flood and anticipate other regulatory requirements
  • indicate where a proposal is completely unacceptable to us, saving the costs of finalising an application
  • give an indication of the likely requirement for contributions

The fee for non householder pre-application advice depends on the type of development proposed.

Fees for developments - VAT applicable at standard rate
Type of development
Fee including VAT
Net fee
50 or more dwellings - speak to a Planning Officer about undertaking a planning performance agreement (PPA)
£2,400 plus £120 per additional dwelling
£2,000 plus £100 per additional dwelling
3000m sq plus or 30 to 49 dwellings
2000m sq to 2999m sq or 20 to 29 dwellings
1000m sq to 1999m sq or 10 to 19 dwellings
Under 1000m sq or 5 to 9
2 to 4 dwellings
1 dwelling, including replacement dwellings

If your development does not fall into the above categories, please contact Development Management on 0300 300 8307 to discuss a fee for pre-application advice. This is not likely to cost more than £500 plus VAT.

Processing times and what is included

Categories 1 to 4: 8 weeks process, up to two hours of officer meeting time, a written response, full consultation with relevant planning consultees.

Categories 5 to 6: 28 day process, up to an hour of officer meeting time, a written response, full consultation with relevant planning consultees.

Category 7: 28 day process, a written response, full consultation with relevant planning consultees. 

As part of the pre-application advice service we will provide:

  • written response to your request for pre-application advice which will be considered against any subsequent planning application
  • information on key planning policies and previous planning decisions
  • named contacts
  • informal comments and guidance, without prejudice, on the content, construction and presentation of an application likely to satisfy planning policies
  • advice on the documents to be submitted and procedures with your planning application

Engaging in pre-application will aid a swift positive decision once planning application is submitted. Where pre-application advice is either not sought or adhered to planning applications are likely to be determined without negotiation.

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