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Pre-application Advice

What is Pre-application advice?

From 16th March 2016 it is a statutory requirement for the Council to provide a pre-application advice service.  This service is subject to a nationally set scale of fees. 

Applicants and developers are actively encouraged to engage with the Council at the earliest possible stage in the development of a scheme.  The benefits to you of obtaining this advice are that we will:

What you are required to do

As a minimum, you must submit a completed pre-application advice enquiry form containing information on your proposal, provide a location plan and pay the requisite fee.  You are encouraged to provide as much detail on your proposal to enable a detailed and accurate response.

What you should expect to receive

You should receive a response within 21 days of the submission of your pre-application enquiry.  If more time is required we will contact you to agree an extension.  You will receive a single written response outlining the following:

No meetings will be arranged to discuss your proposal and any site visits will be carried out at the discretion of the case officer dealing with your pre-application enquiry.  

Any further advice as a result of changes to a proposal will require the submission of a new pre-application enquiry.

Development Team Approach

The Council offers a Development Team Approach for larger proposals where further detailed discussions and a site visits may be required with officers and your design team.