Pre Applications

We are able to provide you with advice and information if you are considering a development proposal and welcome and encourage discussions before you submit an application. In order that we can provide this service to a consistent and high standard the Council has decided that the cost of providing this service should be recovered directly, and not fall as a general cost to the council tax payer.

The scale of charges is defined in Appendix A. Open and constructive pre-application discussions are an opportunity for local authorities and developers to work together to achieve developments that deliver benefits to the community and the economy.

This can save time, costs and frustration and optimise the potential of a site. For these reasons the Borough Council encourages discussion on proposals before a planning application is formally submitted.

Please note that we are unable to offer any pre application advice free of charge, other than for the exemptions refered to in Appendix A.

Scope of Advice and Discussions

Advice on the relevant Development Plan Policies and Government guidance against which the proposal will be assessed.

Provision of information about the Council's requirements for, or contribution to, infrastructure provision, e.g. affordable housing, highway network improvement.
Provision of advice about the Council's development control processes, likely timetable of consideration and estimation of decision date, on any submitted application.

Informal and without prejudice comments and guidance on the content, construction and presentation of an application likely to satisfy the Council's planning policies.
Provision of appropriate contacts necessary for any further pre-application consultation and scheme preparation, e.g. Highways, Environment Agency, where consultation responses can not be provided within the timescale.

Provision of copies of any relevant documents including copies of Tree Preservation Orders and OS maps under the Map Scheme, subject to the Council's copying charges.
A written summary of any views expressed by the Planning Officer.

Pre-registration check of proposed planning application including assessment of any prescribed statutory fee or charges.

Although the council does not automatically publicise the details of pre-application discussions with potential developers, under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 we may receive from time to time a request from a member of the public to provide information regarding enquiries for pre-application advice and of any advice given. Subject to certain exemptions, we are obliged to provide this information, although personal data is protected from disclosure under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The exemptions relate to commercially sensitive and confidential information. It is therefore important that you bring to the Council's attention at the outset in writing any information which you consider may, if disclosed, prejudice your commercial interests or which you consider would breach confidentiality. You should also set out the reasons why and for what period you consider the information falls into these categories. It is then for the Council to decide whether it believes the information falls into these exempt categories, if a Freedom of Information request is subsequently received.

We may also treat as exempt from disclosure information which, if disclosed, may prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs. This can be particularly relevant at the outset of major applications where a lot of exploratory discussion takes place. If the disclosure of this exploratory information was likely to prejudice the process of leading to a proper determination of the subsequent planning application, then it may not be disclosable.

Apart from these exemptions any other recorded information resulting from these pre-application discussions is very likely to be disclosable.

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