The pre-application advice service gives you the opportunity to ask for advice and find out if your proposals are likely to be granted planning permission.

What type of advice is available?

Household extensions

Current staffing levels mean that we can’t give site specific pre-application advice for household extensions. We have, however, produced General Pre-Application Advice for Household Extensions and Alterations.

Listed buildings

We offer, on a discretionary basis, pre-application advice to owners of listed buildings in the form of an on-site meeting followed by written advice. There is a charge for this advice.

Other development

For other types of development, we offer the following pre-application advice:

  • written advice only – available for all enquiries (except household extensions)

  • meeting followed by written advice – due to current staffing levels, meetings are at the discretion of the planning officer and, unfortunately, may be declined

  • meeting only - for major developments only which are defined for DCLG PS2 return purposes and include developments of ten or more dwellings and developments where the floor space to be built is 1000m2 or more.

How long does it take?

Our response times depend on the type of pre-application advice you are seeking. Details of the response times can be found in the documents for written advice only, meeting followed by written advice and meeting only.

How much does it cost?

Please see our charging schedule.

How do I apply?

Fill in the preliminary enquiry form and return it to us with the required documentation and applicable fee. The form contains details of the documentation required and the return address.

Download Preliminary Enquiry Form