Pre-application Planning Advice
Responses to written enquiries will normally be provided within
40 working days of receipt of an enquiry.
Once the request for pre-application advice is received we
acknowledge receipt within 5 working days (either by email or post)
stating the name of the planning officer who will lead on the
enquiry. All communication from you to the Council should be via
this officer. However, if on this initial assessment we consider
the pre-application process is not the most appropriate course to
follow, we will tell you what alternatives are available.
Following consideration of the information received the case
officer will decide whether to bring together a team of Council
officers from different disciplines.
A Development Team approach avoids the need for you to contact
different parts of the Council separately, thus saving you time and
giving consistency. Following the assessment, the case officer may
advise you that further information is required, such as financial
appraisals, travel plans, transport assessments, and possibly
environmental assessments. Where a scheme may be subject to
environmental assessment then early discussions should focus on
issues relating to the screening and scoping of the proposal. You
will also be advised as to whether meetings with the case officer
or development team will be helpful in order to progress matters.
Should further information or a meeting be required the case
officer will endeavour to let you know within 20 working days of
the enquiry being received.
Appointments for meetings will normally only be agreed after the
receipt of plans outlining the nature of the development to be
discussed. Where a meeting is necessary it will be held with
appropriately qualified and experienced Planning Officers and will
be arranged for a mutually convenient date. The Council will
provide a written response to each request whether or not a meeting
In order to provide comprehensive pre application advice the
case officer may at their discretion, undertake a site visit where
this is requested.
Advice given will accurately reflect the planning policies and
standards of the Council.
Any advice given in relation to the planning history of the
site, planning constraints or statutory designations does not
constitute a formal response of the Council under the provisions of
the Land Charges Act 1975.
Any views or opinions expressed are given in good faith without
prejudice to the formal consideration of any planning