We provide a pre-application advice service. This is the stage before submitting a planning application. A Planning Officer will provide advice about your proposed application. The fees and guidance for these services vary depending on your application and can be found in the below table.
Further information about our pre-application advice service, including terms and conditions, can be found in the guidance notes.
Apply for pre-application advice
|| Large Major
|| Written desk based response
|| Meeting at the Council offices, followed by a written response
|| On site meeting followed by a written response
|| Planning Performance Agreement*
*we encourage the use of planning performance agreements for developers considering large scale planning applications. The agreement brings together the developer and a dedicated planning officer at an early stage to work through the planning process. Further information can be found in the Planning Performance Agreement guidance. You can also use our template Planning Performance Agreement.
In addition to the pre-application advice service, we provide other discretionary advice services that can be paid for.
An appropriate officer will provide advice in relation to matters including:
- protected trees
- the historic environment (including archaeological matters)
- rights of way
- enforcement queries
- planning related restrictions and the use class of land and buildings
- enforcement or legal agreements
- Building Control
For more details on any of our services provided and the costs involved please see our fees and charges.
You can apply for this advice by emailing email@example.com.
Wildlife assessment check
The wildlife assessment check is a free online tool provided by the Partnership for Biodiversity in Planning. It is for householders and small to medium-scale developers who want to undertake a development project to check whether they will need expert ecological advice before submitting a planning application. This tool is not intended for large development projects where formal Environmental Impact Assessments are required.
Freedom of information
Pre-application advice requests and the response will be made available to the public if requested. We will not release this information if the applicant considers that it should be exempt under the Freedom of Information Act or the Environmental Information Regulations and we agree. If information is released any personal information will be excluded.