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Ask us for advice before you apply for Planning Consent

Chapters in this topic

  1. When to get advice
  2. Apply
  3. Pay

When to get advice

You should consider getting advice if you:

  • think there might be problems with your application for planning consent
  • want to know whether your application for planning consent is likely to be successful

When you apply to ask us for advice, you can request a meeting or to receive advice through letters, which includes our recommendations. In some circumstances, we may recommend a meeting.

Fees

You’ll pay a fee in order for us to provide advice unless you’re:

  • a charity, voluntary group or parish council
  • apply for planning consent to repair a listed building

The fee you pay will depend on the type of planning consent you’re applying for and the size and complexity of your proposal. If you request a meeting, the fee you'll pay includes the cost of any letters we produce.

Householder planning consent

We do not provide meetings for householder applications. If you’re applying for householder pre-planning advice, you’ll need to pay £50.

Minor developments

A minor development is one where any of the following apply:

  • It includes between one and nine dwellings
  • It covers up to 0.5 hectares
  • It's a commercial development less than 1,000 square metres or more than one hectare

You’ll need to pay:

  • £500 an hour if you're requesting a meeting
  • £250 if you're just requesting a letter

Major developments

A minor development is one where any of the following apply:

  • It includes between 10 and 199 dwellings
  • It covers up to 0.51 and 4 hectares
  • It’s a commercial development between 1,001 and 9,999 square metres or between 1 and 2 hectares

You’ll need to pay:

  • £2,000 per hour if you're requesting a meeting
  • £500 if you're just requesting a letter

Vary large major developments

Vary large major development are ones where any of the following apply:

  • They include 200 or more dwellings
  • They cover up to 4 hectares or more
  • They're a commercial development less than 10,000 square metres or less than one hectare

You’ll need to pay:

  • £3,000 an hour if you're requesting a meeting
  • £1,000 if you're just requesting a letter

Other fees

If your application isn't for householder pre-planning advice or a minor, major or very large development, you'll pay:

  • £150 an hour if you're requesting a meeting
  • £75 if you're just requesting a letter
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