Pre-application engagement by applicants can offer significant potential to improve both the efficiency and effectiveness of the planning application system as well as improve the quality of planning applications and their likelihood of success. It can assist in establishing timescales and explain administrative processes as well as reduce delays through early engagement of key parties.
All requests for pre-application advice must be made using ourand be accompanied by the relevant fee. Fees can be found in the guide. You must provide the minimum level of information set out in the form to ensure that timely advice can be given.
You can email your application to us or send it in by post to:
Development Management (Pre Application Enquiries)
St. Martins Square
On receipt of an application for written advice or a meeting it will be checked to confirm that the supporting information and correct fee has been submitted, and if complete will be given a unique reference number. An acknowledgement letter will tell you the date by which you can expect to receive a response, and the name and contact details of the case officer who will be dealing with your enquiry. If you have requested written advice we will aim to give a response within 15 working days unless there are particular difficulties with the enquiry in which case we will contact you to agree a revised timescale. In relation to meetings we will endeavour to arrange a meeting within 15 working days and provide a written follow up response within 15 working days.
Status of the pre-application advice
You should be aware that any advice given by the Council in relation to pre-application enquiries are given in good faith based on the case officer's professional judgement and will not constitute a formal response or decision of the Council with regard to any future planning applications. Any views or opinions expressed will be given without prejudice to the consideration by the Council of any formal planning application, which will be subject to wider consultation and publicity and may be decided at a Planning Committee. Although the case officer may indicate the likely outcome of a formal planning application, no guarantees can or will be given about the decision that will be made on any such application.
Pre-application advice does not constitute a formal or guaranteed outcome in the determination of a future planning application or other form of submission. Any views or opinions expressed are given in good faith, without prejudice to the formal consideration of any planning application, which will be subject to a period of public consultation and maybe decided at a Planning Committee.
Applications submitted without prior pre-application discussions and that require significant amendments to make the development acceptable are likely to be refused.
Any fee paid to the council is non-refundable and does not represent a legal contract with the council. This advice is based on the available documentation submitted. If further documents and amended proposals are later provided in response to the concerns raised herein, this may incur an additional fee.
Urban design advice
We have an agreement with an external body to provide bespoke design advice on appropriate schemes at an extra cost to the pre-application and planning performance agreements (PPA) charges. The fee schedules can be found in the pre application and PPA advice and charges guide. Fees in respect of design advice are also payable upfront.