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Pre-planning application advice

If you’re intending to submit a planning application, it’s always a good idea to contact our team for advice first. This is known as Pre-application Advice.

It’s a free service and can be an invaluable part of your planning application process; we’ll assist you with the information required for your application, the policies that affect it and any considerations you should take into account.

How to get advice

Send us a pre-application enquiry form:

What you’ll need

As well as a description of your proposal, if possible, we also recommend including:

  • A site plan – at a scale of not less than 1:2500 or a plan marked with clear metric measurements;
  • A sketch of the proposal – to scale or with metric measurements (height, width, length, distance from boundaries etc) if you propose building works;
  • Details of existing and proposed uses – if you propose a change of use; and
  • Photographs and any additional information – that will help us with your enquiry.

You may wish to seek assistance from an architect or planning consultant who could make the pre- application enquiry on your behalf, but this is not always necessary.

What happens next

We’ll acknowledge receipt of your enquiry and give you a reference number. Your enquiry will be allocated to one of our team, who’ll be in touch within 20 working days, to either request further information or provide a written response. Occasionally, complex enquiries need more – if this is the case, we’ll contact you to agree a suitable extension.

Based on relevant policies and other considerations, we’ll provide you with advice on how your application is likely to be viewed by the Authority. We’ll also guide you on the type and level of information that would be needed for any future application and what to do next.

Please note: any pre-application advice we provide is not a formal decision by the Authority and cannot bind its future decision-making. Any views or opinions expressed are given in good faith and to the best of our professional ability, but will be without prejudice to the formal consideration of any planning application following statutory public consultation, the issues raised and evaluation of all available information.

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