This provides you with advice before you submit a planning application to assist you with its preparation.
Getting pre-application advice can:
- remove, as far as possible, uncertainties as to what is likely to be approved or rejected to reduce the risk of additional costs arising from failed applications or re-working of the application
- provide an understanding of how an application is likely to be judged against the policies in the development plan and other material considerations, also where an application is unlikely to be acceptable as a matter of principle
- identify where there is a need for specialist input such as that relating to traffic, noise, flooding, contaminated land landscape, trees, ecology and to anticipate other regulatory requirements
- accelerate the decision-making process following submission thereby helping to minimise subsequent costs and abortive applications
- promote higher quality development schemes in accordance with development plan policies
- reduce the need for further information or schemes to be submitted for approval under planning conditions attached to a permission
The guidance notes and the application form are available below.
What we provide
In the majority of cases, the assigned officer will undertake a site visit.
Where a pre-application meeting has been requested, attendance by a specialist member of staff in addition to the lead case officer may be warranted where there a particular technical issue that needs to be discussed.
At the initial meeting, attendance by a second officer does not incur an additional charge.
Our written response to your enquiry, which will be considered against any subsequent planning application, will contain:
- a summary of consultee comments and consideration of any implications of the consultee advice
- a summary of relevant planning history and previous decisions
- advice on how local and national policies are likely to be applied to the proposal
- identification of actual or potential development constraints that may impose upon the proposed scheme
- informal comments and guidance, without prejudice, on the content, construction and presentation of the application
- advice on the documents to be submitted and procedures to be followed with your application