Pre-application advice service

It is our policy to encourage and provide pre-application advice. This paid for service offers significant benefits by providing greater certainty to the outcome of any application that may be submitted and speeding up the application process. It is recommended that you seek formal pre-application advice from us before you submit a planning application. You may request one of the following options:

  • a written response(s)
  • a meeting and verbal advice
  • a meeting and written response(s)

Submit a pre-application form.

Further information is available in our pre-application Guidance Note

Type of Development

Written Response


(per meeting)

Workshop & Written Response

Householder Development




Local Development (other than housing)




Proposals for a 1-2 house/s or flats




Housing developments (3-49 houses)




Housing developments (more than 49 houses or sites over 2 hectares)




Renewable Energy Projects over 2 hectares




All other major development





Advice will be provided free of charge in the following cases:

  • Advice in respect of proposals which only require listed building consent or conservation area consent
  • Developments solely proposing disabled facilities or access
  • 100 per cent Affordable Housing Schemes
  • Proposals where the applicant/developer is a registered charity or a Community Council
  • Discussions with residents potentially affected by developments

One meeting or written response following an refusal of an application, where revisions to that refused scheme within the same application site are proposed.

In order for advice to be effective it is essential that you provide enough information on your proposals. This may include:

  • A scaled plan showing the site and identifying other land within the ownership or control of the applicant.
  • Any relevant planning history that you are aware of, details of the existing use, a schedule of any existing floorspace and any other background information that is relevant to the proposal.
  • A topographical site survey or other information sufficient to understand existing and proposed site levels in relation to the surrounding area.
  • A description of the proposal, including a calculation of any new/additional floorspace if appropriate.
  • Any necessary scaled plans, elevations, sections and photographs (which are particularly useful to understand the proposal and its context).
  • In the case of more significant proposals, a draft Design and Access Statement.