In the planning system, the pre-application phase is where key issues are expected to be resolved, as far as possible. If a scheme is submitted which fails to meet our published planning policy requirements, and there have been no meaningful pre-application discussions, that could be regarded as an unreasonable approach. Such an application runs the risk of being refused without further negotiation.
Pre-application advice is a chargable service which includes VAT. However, it could save you money in the longer term by avoiding issues and saving time. The fees are set out in the Schedule of Planning Application Enquiry Fees below.
Pay over the phone
You can call us to pay by credit or debit card, you can also call to arrange a BACs payment.
Apply for pre-application advice
In order to manage the process, all enquiries should be submitted on the appropriate pre-application enquiry form together with the relevant fee and necessary supporting documents described in the form.
In some cases developers will be aware that there is a key policy issue that may determine whether their development will comply with a local plan policy or not. Contact us to obtain policy advice (there is a charge for this). Policy documents and other information are available which may answer your queries.