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.

Benefits of pre-application advice

  • gives you an opportunity to explain your needs
  • helps establishes planning policy requirements
  • starts a dialogue towards resolving any planning issues that your proposal raises
  • identifies what information is required for a valid application to be submitted
  • for more controversial schemes, identifies where early community or Planning Committee consultation could be of benefit

Advice will be set out in writing, including a record of advice given in pre-application meetings.

Get pre-application advice

In order to manage the process, all enquiries should be submitted on the appropriate pre-application enquiry form and submitted together with the relevant fee and necessary supporting documents as 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.

Charges for pre-application advice

Pre-application advice is a chargable service which attracts 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 online with a credit or debit card

You can pay online with a credit or debit card.

Pay over the telephone

You can call us to pay by credit or debit card, you can also call to arrange a BACs payment.

Call us on 0114 273 4218.

Planning Enquiries

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