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Pre-application advice

If you are making a planning application we encourage you to get pre-application advice from us. This allows you to get an informal view on the likelihood of obtaining permission for your proposal, as well as guidance on the information to be submitted with the application.

We offer advice on all types of proposals, from householder extensions through to large scale developments, and provide specific advice tailored to meet your needs. As part of the process we will consult with all appropriate internal and external agencies on your behalf so you are advised to submit as much relevant information as possible.

We aim to respond to pre-application advice requests within 28 working days, however this may vary depending on the type and scale of the proposal.

Since 2013 we have charged a fee for obtaining pre-application advice. A scale of fees and what the fee covers are:

Type of development Fee What is covered

Householder development:

  • extensions and alterations to existing dwellings
  • residential outbuildings

£48 (including VAT)

£40 (excluding VAT)

The fee (excluding VAT) will be offset against the fee of a future planning application

One written letter

Minor Development (excluding householder):

  • residential development of one or 2 dwellings
  • new floorspace or change of use of less than 300 square metres
  • listed building consent
  • advert consent

£180 (including VAT)

£150 (excluding VAT) 

A site visit

A one hour meeting with the case officer

One written letter

Other minor development:

  • residential development of between 3 and 9 dwellings or where the site area is below 0.5 hectares
  • new floorspace or change of use of between 300 and 999 square metres or more, or where the site area is between 0.2 and 1 hectares
  • telecommunications development

£420 (including VAT)

£350 (excluding VAT)

A site visit

A one hour meeting with the case officer

One written letter

Small scale major development:

  • residential development of between 10 and 199 dwellings (inclusive) or where the site area is between 0.5 hectares and 4 hectares
  • new floorspace or change of use of between 1,000 and 9,999 square metres or more, or where the site area is between 1 and 2 hectares

£720 (including VAT)

£600 (excluding VAT)

A site visit

Up to 2 one hour meetings with the case officer

One written letter

Large scale major development:

  • residential development of 200 or more dwellings, or where the site area is 4 hectares or more
  • new floorspace or change of use of 10,000 square metres or more, or where the site area is 2 hectares or more
  • development subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

£1,200 (including VAT)

£1,000 (excluding VAT)

A site visit

Up to 3 one hour meetings with the case officer

One written letter

Apply for householder pre-application advice

If you need pre-application advice you can email us your covering letter and supporting documentation to: 

As a minimum your email or letter should include: 

  • enquirer's name and contact details
  • site address
  • details of the proposed development. 

You will also need to pay for the pre-application advice. Payments can be made by debit or credit card through our online system. 

Pay for pre-application advice

Extent of the advice provided

The precise nature and content of advice will vary from case to case. The level of advice will depend on the amount of information provided by the enquirer. The advice which may typically be included in a written response would comprise of:

  • identification of any key policies or constraints which may affect the proposal
  • site history
  • responses from any consultations (not neighbours)
  • a broad assessment of whether the principle of the proposed scheme is acceptable or not, including reference to factors which require further investigation or consideration
  • likely section 106 contributions, where required
  • if applicable, the enquirer will be signposted to the relevant planning application validation requirements
  • advice on ‘adding value’ to proposal.

Limitations of the advice provided

Please be advised that we are unable to draw plans or design the proposal for the enquirer.

All advice is given in good faith and is not binding on the council. The formal decision of the council can only be given following the submission of a formal planning application. There is no guarantee that planning permission will be granted for a future application.

The fee paid is not refundable, however the fee (excluding VAT) for householder development will be off-set against the cost of any future formal application that is subsequently submitted.