Request pre-application planning advice

Before requesting the service

Our pre-application advice service is offered to developers and householders.

  • It gives you an opportunity to understand how our policies will be applied to your development and you can identify potential problems and resolve them before an application is submitted
  • It may indicate that a proposal has little or no realistic chance of success
  • It may lead to a reduction in time spent by your professional advisers in working up the proposals in more detail.
  • It can identify at an early stage whether any specialist advice is necessary (e.g. listed buildings, trees, landscape, transport, ecology or archaeology)
  • It will help you prepare a better planning application so we can process it more quickly and give you a decision sooner

Try to contact us at the earliest opportunity in your project but consider the following:

  • Undertake some initial research yourself
  • Seek the views of those that may be affected by your proposals
  • Remember the more information you can give us the more accurate and helpful our response can be
  • With complex issues be prepared to seek private professional help
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