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Pre Application Advice

Please Note :The City Council has approved the introduction of charges for pre- application advice on major applications. This took effect from the 2nd November 2015. These charges are detailed in the document below.

If you want to check if you are likely to get Planning Permission before you formally submit your application to us we provide pre-application advice. We can also check you have included all the relevant information in your application so it gets decided as quickly as possible. A guide to our pre-application advice service is at the bottom of the page.

*Please note This service is NOT for general enquiries on whether or not you need planning permission you can find further information on this here..

Essential Information
  • We are committed to helping you obtain all the information and advice you can before submitting a planning application.

    Pre-application advice can help speed up the planning application process as it is a way of making sure we have all the correct information from the start. Any potential problems can also be highlighted before you submit an application.

  • This must now be done using the Pre Application Form at the bottom of this page.

    We no longer provide Pre application Advice in person or over the telephone.

    The Pre- Application Advice Note at the bottom of this page has been prepared to explain what we need from you and what you can expect from us.

    • Information provided to us as part of the pre-application advice service will be publicly available unless otherwise stated by you.
    • Any information submitted as part of any subsequent planning application will also be available for public inspection.

    Pre application details will not appear on the Planning Online website

Frequently Asked Questions
    • We ask that you submit your request in writing to us using the form at the bottom of this page.

    • The guidance note at the bottom of this page outlines what is also required and the process in more detail.

    • We now charge for pre - application advice for Major Applications. the charges are set out below, pre - application advice for all other applications is free.

      Pre-application enquiries (major applications only)

      Small-scale: upto 49 dwellings or 1,000-2,999 sq m £1,000

      Medium: 50-199 dwellings or 3,000-9,999 sq m £2,000

      Large-scale: 200+ dwellings or 10,000+ sq m £5,000

      Further details and how to pay can be found in the guidance and charging rates document at the bottom the page.
    • Planning Aid is an organisation that provides free and impartial advice, to both community groups and individuals on planning issues. To complement our service, you may find additional support available through accessing some of the information they provide.

      The Planning Pack may be a good place to start, bringing together information on town and country planning processes in one place.

    • If you haven't been able to find the information that you need then the link below will take you to a form that you can use to ask us further questions.

      Service Specific Enquiry
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