Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, we are not currently providing a pre-application advice service.
Pre-application advice is early discussions with agents and developers to facilitate acceptable development.
Constructive discussions about schemes before they are submitted as a planning application can help steer proposals into a form that are more likely to be acceptable to us whilst leading to the reworking or dropping of proposals that appear to be fundamentally unacceptable.
Entering into pre application discussions will help save time, avoid wasted expense and avoid frustration. More complex proposals or those requiring a site visit may take longer to assess. If we cannot respond within 10 working days, we will write to you and let you know when you can expect to receive a full reply.
We have a simple form andfor you to complete.
Before pre-application advice can be provided you will need to provide:
The survey should also include:
Your proposal should be accompanied by a supporting statement to explain and justify the design approach chosen. The supporting statement should include an explanation of:
If you are having difficulty providing the above information, it may be possible for us to give you advice based on simple sketch drawings of your proposal. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01257 515151 to discuss whether this will be possible.
Once you have completed the email@example.com. The relevant fee as detailed in the pre-application advice form can be paid by calling us on 01257 515151 and advising you wish to pay a planning pre-application advice fee.and gathered the information set out above, you should e-mail it to
We no longer deal with pre-application enquiries for householder developments on a bespoke basis.
This is because we have adopted athat sets out the design principles for a range of householder developments.
The Householder Design Guidance SPD seeks to ensure that property extensions have a satisfactory relationship with existing neighbouring buildings, do not have overbearing impacts on adjacent properties and amenity areas and do not lead to the excessive loss of daylight or overshadowing of habitable rooms and amenity spaces of adjacent properties.
Please note, we are unable to confirm in writing whether a development does not require planning permission because it falls under 'permitted development' through pre-application advice. If you require confirmation that your development does not require planning permission because you consider that it falls within 'permitted development', you will need to submit an application for a Lawful Development Certificate for a proposed use.