Book our pre-application advice

You can apply for pre-application planning advice by completing our online request form. To complete the form, you will need to:

  • confirm what service option you want
  • upload supporting documents, including a location plan of the site. You can buy up to date OS location plans from the Planning Portal
  • pay the required fee

Terms and conditions

  • we reserve the right to not accept requests for pre-application advice
  • requests for advice will not be accepted or considered until the following has been submitted
    • a pre-application request application form completed in full
    • a location plan at a scale of 1:1250 or 1:2500 with the site edged red
    • photographs of the site
    • the required fee
  • the advice given, whether in writing or verbally, is based on the information you provide to us.
  • the advice given, whether in writing or verbally, is the informal opinion of the officers of the council only and does not fetter or prejudice our statutory duty, as the local planning authority, to determine formal planning and other applications, pursuant to our statutory powers and duties under the planning acts or otherwise.

Advice time constraints

  • you need to act upon the advice we give within six months since changes to planning policy, interpretation of policy or any other relevant issues can result in advice becoming out of date
  • when you are unable to act quickly on the advice given, we recommend that you submit a new request for further advice – standard fees will apply

Privacy and data 

  • we may share and discuss your proposal with local councillors, town or parish councils or other statutory consultees
  • we may share and discuss your proposal at a design review panel
  • we may share the advice we provide with other developers, separately from the details of your request.
  • we may share your request for advice and the advice we provide following a request made they under the Freedom of Information Act
  • we do not normally place requests for pre-application advice on our website unless:
    • a related formal planning application is received
    • we consider it to be in the public interest
  • please ready our related privacy statement

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