What to Expect

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 is held.

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 application.

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