Pre-Application Advice

Ashfield District Council welcomes the opportunity to have planning pre-application discussion as it offers an opportunity to guide development positively and highlight areas for improvements. Early intervention can save time and money later on.  

From May 2013 fees were introduced for the processing of a pre-application.  The aim is to respond to all enquiries within 28 working days.

You can pay for your pre-application submission here and email your covering letter and supporting documents .

 With regards to householder development proposals there is a £48 fee for pre-application requests for the likelihood of obtaining planning permission.  £40 of this fee will be off-set against the cost of a future planning application.

As per formal planning applications, no fee for pre-application advice for disabled applicants is required, subject to relevant documentation being provided.

 Householder Development

Advice and guidance is obtainable from the Planning Portal where there is an interactive house, common projects and mini guides.

The Planning department offers a Planning Questionnaire service which will provide advice on whether or not you require planning permission or building regulations for your proposal. If you require formal determination as to whether planning permission is required, a certificate of lawful development application should be submitted. Forms are obtainable from the Planning Portal.

You may wish to consult the Supplementary Planning Guidance Note on Residential Extensions for further guidance.

Major and Other Developments

For major and other developments it is important to discuss your proposals at an early stage. We will consult with internal and external agencies on your behalf so you are advised to submit as much relevant information as possible.

You may wish to consult our Supplementary Planning Guidance Notes.