Pre-Application Advice

Service from 1 July 2021

From Thursday 1 July 2021 we will be charging for all pre-application advice queries, including minor and major planning enquiries.  All advice requests submitted on and after this date will be subject to the charges, that will be set out at that time.  

Existing Service until 30 June 2021

Minor Development Pre-application Planning Advice

Should you wish for an informal view on the likelihood of planning permission being granted you can apply to us for pre-application advice.  Please note that pre-application advice is only an informal opinion and does not constitute a formal or guaranteed outcome, nor prejudice the formal consideration of any application by the council against local and national planning policies and current guidance at the time a formal application is received.

Please provide as much detail as possible to us in writing, by letter or email to

The proposal must be accompanied by a plan clearly identifying the site in question.

If you have additional plans and sketches, please accompanying these with your submission.

The more detailed your enquiry is, the likelihood the more detailed response we are able to provide. 

It is recommended that you review the Adopted Good Design SPD (PDF Document, 5.05 Mb) before submitting a pre-application advice enquiry.

We will not carry out a site visit or meeting as part of our pre-application advice service.

This is currently a free service.  We will allocate your enquiry to a case officer and will aim to respond to your enquiry within 28 days.

If the enquiry is submitted with insufficient information, then the 28 day time period will not commence until sufficient details are provided.

Major Development Pre-application Planning Advice - Residential development consisting of 10 or more dwellings or non-residential development 1000sqm and above.

Major pre-application advice can be given following the completion of our Form PAA1 (PDF Document, 0.15 Mb) or sending us an e-mail providing as much information as possible.

Detailed information can be found in the Pre-Application Advice Procedures for Major and Strategic Development (PDF Document, 0.1 Mb).

The fees chargeable for major pre-application advice are currently:

50 dwellings or more:  £3,400
10-49 dwellings:      £1,800
10,000sqm or more of floorspace:    £3,400
1,000 - 9,999sqm of floorspace: £1,800
[All fees above include VAT.]

Before submitting a planning application, we encourage you to read through our How we make planning decisions page to gain a better insight into the process of a planning application.

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Last updated: Tue 8 June, 2021 @ 19:54