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:
- Tell you how the Council will apply its policies and standards;
- Tell you what specialist input you will need (about listed buildings, trees, landscape, noise, transport, contaminated land, ecology or archaeology etc.);
- Tell you what information you need for a valid application which will help avoid rejection at registration stage or early refusal of permission because of inadequate information;
- Give you an early indication where a proposal may be unacceptable, ensuring that can fully consider your proposal against the cost of a formal planning application.
- Provide an early indication as to whether any planning obligations are likely to be imposed.
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:
- The relevant planning history of the site
- The relevant development plan policies against which the development proposal will be assessed
- Relevant local planning guidance notes (i.e. design, parking, trees etc.)
- Any other material planning considerations
- An initial assessment of the proposed development, based on the information above.
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.