Before you start your application
You will be asked to make payment at the time of applying for pre-application advice. To make a payment online you will need:
- a debit or credit card (Visa and Mastercard only)
To ensure you get the most out of your pre-application advice you will need to upload:
- a site plan
- sketch/outline drawings and elevations
- any further information you have about the proposals
- Due to current circumstances we are able to offer meetings in the form of conference/video calls should this be preferable.
- Introduce a fee for all proposals involving works to Listed Buildings.
- Revise the fees for a meeting and for a letter only (with no meeting) for developments referred to as “Householder Alterations & Extensions and Other Proposals”.
- Requests for the Conservation Officer’s informal view as to whether works which have already been undertaken to Listed Buildings require Listed Building Consent, or these works which have already been undertaken conform with an approved Listed Building Consent, will be dealt with under the general fee for a planning research request, which is £100 per hour, or part thereof.
- The fee for proposals for new works to Listed Buildings (that do not involve any development that falls under the Significant, Major and Minor definitions above) will be that for “other” development.
- The fees for a planning history search from 1974 to present will be £40 per site.
- The fees for a planning history search from pre-1974 will be dealt with under the general fee for a planning research request, which is £100 per hour, or part thereof.
- Other requests for informal officer views on non-site specific queries will be dealt with under the general fee for a planning research request, which is £100 per hour, or part thereof.
- Consistency in dealing with your pre-application submission and any subsequent applications for planning permission.
- Information on key planning policies and previous planning decisions.
- Advice in relation to all relevant planning matters and the planning merits of the proposal.
- Informal comments and guidance, which are without prejudice, on the content, construction and presentation of an application likely to satisfy the council's planning policies.
- Advice on the documents to be submitted with your planning application.
- Detailed technical advice.
- A plan drawing/design service.
- Feedback from outside organisations that we may consult at the planning application stage although we will give you details of organisations you may wish to contact directly.
- Feedback from neighbouring residents or other interested parties that may be notified of your proposals at the planning application stage.
- It explains how planning policies, constraints and other requirements affect your proposals.
- It identifies at an early stage any need for specialist input (for example, listed buildings, conservation areas, trees, noise, health, highway issues).
- It gives an indication of the likely requirement for contributions to be made by a developer (for example, levels of affordable housing, highways, education or any other payments).
- It will help you to submit a complete and accurate application for planning permission which complies with the relevant policies, plans and guidance and provided you take all the advice into account, it should be possible to determine your application in a shorter timescale.
- It highlights unacceptable proposals, thereby saving you the time and costs of submitting a formal application.
- written advice only, or
- meeting and written advice
- You will need to submit a pre-application request form and make payment as required in the Fees and Charges page. Details about how to do so will be sent to you in an email after submitting the online form.
- We will write to you within five working days to acknowledge your request and give you a reference number.
- We will carry out research and may visit the site.
- We will seek the views of specialist officers dealing with matters such as economic development, conservation, highways and tree issues, as appropriate.
- For written advice, we will endeavour to respond within 15 working days of receipt of the required fee and/or any additional information we have requested from you.
- For the meeting/written response option the case officer will normally contact you within 10 working days to arrange a site visit and/or the initial meeting. Following this meeting you will receive a written response within 20 working days confirming the advice given (unless the complexity of the case requires a specific time frame to be agreed with the applicant).
- site location plan, preferably on an Ordnance Survey base map at 1:1250 or 1:2500, so that we can identify the site
- sketch/outline drawings and elevations at suitable scales. For example, floor plans at 1:100 or 1:50, elevations at 1:100 or 1:50, block plan at 1:500
- written details of the proposals
|Meetings (with letter)||Fee (including VAT)|
|Pre-Application - Householder Alterations & Extensions and Other Proposals||£100 (for 20 minute meeting)|
|Pre-Application - Minor Proposals||£200 (for 30 minute meeting)|
|Pre-Application - Major Proposals||£450 per hour|
|Pre-Application - Significant Major Proposals||£900 per hour|
|Letter (no meeting)||Fee (including VAT)|
|Pre-Application - Householder Alterations & Extensions and Other Proposals||£75 per letter|
|Pre-Application - Minor Proposals||£150 per letter|
|Planning history of a site (1974 to present)||£40|
|Research requests, including planning history of a site from pre-1974||£100 per hour, or part thereof|
- Householder Alterations & Extensions and Other proposals are defined as:
- extensions and works to dwellings and flats (including garages and outbuildings)
- extensions and alterations to curtilages of dwellings
- proposals for works to Listed Buildings (that do not involve any development that falls under the significant, major and minor definitions below)
- installation of dropped kerbs and accesses to dwellings
- Minor proposals are defined as:
- 1 - 9 dwellings
- up to 999 square metre floor space new build or conversion (including extensions to shops, offices, etc.)
- outline proposals capable of accommodating either of the above
- Major proposals are defined as:
- 10 - 19 dwellings
- 1,000 - 1,999 square metre floor space new build or conversion
- Outline proposals capable of accommodating either of the above
- Significant major proposals are defined as:
- 20 dwellings or more
- 2,000 square metre floor space new build or conversion
- outline proposals capable of accommodating either of the above
- The council has discretion to alter the fee for individual cases or in specific circumstances.
- Parish/town councils, charities and voluntary group not represented by a planning agent/architect/etc – free. For those represented by a planning agent/architect/etc the fees will be dependent on the scale of development, as set out above.
- All pre-application fees levied by the council are in addition to any that are charged by external consultees.
- Where you have requested a meeting (with letter) but the enquiry can be answered without the need for a meeting (either on site or in the town hall) but through an exchange of correspondence, you will be contacted by the Case Officer for your agreement to proceed on that basis. Please be aware that it will not be possible to reimburse any difference in fee as there are significant costs in administering such reimbursements.
- Due to the public interest in mobile telecommunications equipment, there is no charge for requests for pre-application advice for new mobile phone masts, or alterations to existing masts (including the equipment attached to them).