Pre Application Advice

Before Submitting a Planning Application

If you are considering submitting a planning application, it is advisable to obtain pre-application advice.

The benefits of pre-application advice include:

  • It gives you the opportunity to understand how policies and guidance will be applied to your development proposal
  • It can identify at an early stage where there is a need for specialist input, for example contamination, transport, ecology, etc.
  • It may flag up that the proposal is unacceptable which could save the cost of submitting a formal application
  • It may lead to a reduction in time dealing with the formal application

It is also advisable to look through the extensive list of Supplementary Guidance (2014) which the Council has produced that provides guidance on the Council's expectations and requirements for certain types of development and the issues which should be addressed in any application.

We will provide you with an assessment of the proposal against the development plan, other relevant policies and material planning considerations. The full merits of a proposal, including the views of statutory consultees and neighbours, can only be assessed through the submission of a planning application.  Therefore the advice we will give is without prejudice to any decision which the Council may take on receipt of a planning application.

How to Obtain Advice

Complete the form below and send it to with all the relevant information as detailed on the form.  We will acknowledge your request and provide a response within 21 days.

            Pre Application Form

Please note you should only use this form if you know you need planning permission and you want to find out if we are likely to grant it.  Do not use this form to find out whether or not you need planning permission for your development. For advice on that, please visit our page titled Do I Need Planning Permission?