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Pre-Application Service

Our pre-application advice service is the best way of finding out whether you are likely to get planning permission before the submission of a formal application.

What is the pre-application advice service?

This is a scheme aimed at giving applicants, architects and developers clear advice about whether the Council would be likely to recommend approval for a scheme, and can suggest any changes that may be needed prior to making an application.

What are the benefits of pre-application advice?

  • You have an opportunity to understand how the Council's policies will be applied to your development
  • Helps you to identify potential problems and sort them out before an application is submitted
  • Can prevent costly and time-consuming amendments to your schemes later on

It is important to note that this service is for the provision of advice - it is not an approval service.

All advice is given without prejudice to any decision the Council may make on the subsequent application.

How do I submit a pre-application enquiry?

All requests must be submitted to us on a Pre-Application Enquiry Form. This ensures that you give us all the information we need.


Is any other information required?

In addition to the application form and required fee, you are required to send us:

  • A site location plan, clearly identifying the site in question
  • A sketch plan showing the proposed development work 
  • Photographs of the site if they would help to put the development in context

The online application form and notes have more detail on what you need to send us. If you are in any doubt as to what documents you need to send, Ask our Planning Team a question

The level of additional detail required will be dictated by the complexity of the proposal. However, the more information you can give us initially, the more detailed and comprehensive the response from officers can be.

More information on the pre-application process for major developments can be found in the downloadable documents to the right of this page.

Should I speak to the local community about my proposals?

As part of the pre-application process we will agree with you how the local community should be involved in shaping and influencing the development. This is particularly relevant for larger developments. The downloadable documents: Community Engagement Process Pre-application and Community Engagement Flowchart provide further information.


PRE-APPLICATION CONSULTATION FOR RENEWABLES APPLICATIONS - Developments of 2 or more wind turbines and/or any turbine with a hub height in excess of 15 metres

The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure and Section 62A Applications) (England) (Amendment) Order 2013 ("2013 Order") came into force on 17 December 2013.

The requirements introduced by the 2013 Order are set out under Section 61W of the 1990 Act. Section 61W specifies that applicants must:

  • consult all persons specified in a development order or of a description specified in a development order, about the proposed application;
  • publicise the proposed application in such a manner as they reasonably consider is likely to bring it to the attention of a majority of the persons who live at, or otherwise occupy, premises in the vicinity of the land;
  • publicise how persons wishing to comment on the proposed development may contact them and give such information about the proposed timetable for the consultation as is sufficient to ensure persons wishing to comment may do so in good time

How long does it take?

  • Householder Schemes: We aim to deal with your enquiry within six weeks.
  • Minor/Major Schemes: Between two and six months, depending on the complexity of the scheme

Where it is likely to take longer we will agree a timescale with you