Pre-Application Advice

If you wish to seek advice from one of our planners before making a formal planning application then you can apply for pre-application advice.

North West Leicestershire District Council welcomes and actively encourages informal pre-application advice before those proposing development submit an application for planning permission.

Such advice is intended to streamline the planning process and remove delays by informing would be applicants of the issues associated with a development project.

It also provides an opportunity to outline the Council’s expectations and the provision of informal without prejudice opinion of the likelihood of success at the formal planning stage.

Please note that pre-application advice is an officers professional 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.

This service will incur a fee and the fee varies depending upon the nature of the proposal.  Please refer to our Pre-Application Advice Guidance (PDF Document, 0.44 Mb) for a full list of requirements and fees. 

We provide pre-application advice for minor and householder enquiries and major development enquiries, which are discussed below in more detail.

Minor and Householder Pre-Application Advice 

This pre-application service covers all householder enquiries, 1-9 dwellings, changes of use, advertisements, certificates of lawful use and development of up to 999 square metres.

Our service will include:-

  • An overview of any relevant planning history;
  • A list of relevant policies;
  • A list of site constraints;
  • A list of relevant consultees that would be consulted on an application;
  • A list of information required to accompany the planning application;
  • An assessment on the principle of development;
  • An assessment on layout, design and impact upon residential amenity where the enquiry includes sufficient information in order for this to be assessed. Input from the Council’s Urban Design Officer where necessary and suggestions and options to improve layout, design and impact upon residential amenity, where this is possible;
  • Where impacts upon heritage assets and trees is considered to be relevant, an assessment from the Council’s Conservation Officer and Tree Officer;
  • A list of other relevant material considerations, which are not covered above and contact details of relevant consultees; and
  • An officer’s professional informal opinion on whether the scheme as presented is likely to receive a favourable recommendation.

Please refer to our Pre-Application Advice Guidance (PDF Document, 0.44 Mb) for a full list of requirements and fees. 

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

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 Pre-Application Advice

This pre-application service covers 10 or more dwellings, a proposed floor area of more than 1000 square metres or sites larger than one hectare.

Our service has been split into a two stage process:-

  • Stage 1 – Overview and
  • Stage 2 – Detailed

Within each stage there is the option for just a written response, or a written response and a meeting.

Depending on which stage you choose depends upon the level of detailed response and what service we provide to you.  Please refer to our Pre-Application Advice Guidance (PDF Document, 0.44 Mb) for a full list of requirements and fees. 

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

Pre-Application Requirements

Your enquiry must be accompanied by:-

How to Submit Your Enquiry and Fee

You can submit your enquiry by email to development.control@nwleicestershire.gov.uk or by letter to North West Leicestershire District Council, Offices, Whitwick Road, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 3FJ.

Please note that your submission will need to be accompanied by the correct fee, which can be found below in this document otherwise your submission will not be valid.

If you are submitting a pre-application advice enquiry to us by email, you are also able to make the pre-application advice fee by BACS using the following details:-

Sort code: 30-94-97 Account number: 00371029

Acc Name: North West Leicestershire District Council Bank: Lloyds Bank

Description: PAA [insert site address]

Once the fee has been paid, please submit your enquiry to us by emailing development.control@nwleicestershire.gov.uk and confirm that the fee has been paid by BACS.

If you are unable to make payment by BACS please call 01530 454665 and a member of our Planning Support Team will be able to take a card payment.

Are there any exemptions to fees?

The enquiries that would be excluded from the charge schedule would be limited to:-

  • enquiries relating to Listed Building Consent; 
  • works to trees;
  • telecommunications;
  • requests from a Parish or Town Council for their own development; and
  • where the development is for the direct benefit of a registered disabled person.

Quick Links

Please find links to the guidance, documents and fees for pre-application advice below:-

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Last updated: Sat 24 July, 2021 @ 12:16