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Ask us for advice before you apply for Planning Permission

Chapters in this topic

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

When to get advice

The pre-application advice service is designed to help applicants:

  • Establish if the development is likely to be granted planning permission
  • How the development is affected by planning policies and law
  • Frontload planning applications and resolve issues with the proposal
  • What other information may need to be include with the application

It is advisable to provide as much information on the proposal as possible.  When submitting a pre-application you should include:

  • Draft drawings and plans
  • Site location plan
  • Photographs, this is especially important when applying for advice on listed buildings.
  • A full description of the proposal
  • Design & Assess Statement

If you are looking for more general advice additional information is available on the Planning Portal


You will pay a fee in order for us to provide advice unless you are a local not for profit charity.

The fee structure is for a meeting followed by a written response. It also allows for one set of follow up drawings/information to be submitted in advance of an application being submitted.

Householder Pre-App – £350.00

Minor Developments Pre-App – £962.00

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

  • Includes between 1 to 9 dwellings
  • Covers up to 0.5 hectares
  • Commercial development less than 1,000 square metres

Major Developments Pre-App£3,445.50

A major development is one where any of the following applies:

  • Includes between 10 to 49 houses or flats
  • Covers between 0.51 to 4 hectares
  • Commercial development between 1,001 to 9,999 square metres

Large Major Developments Pre-App £5,244.50

A large major development is one where any of the following applies:

  • Includes 50 or more houses or flats
  • Covers more than 4 hectares
  • Commercial development more than 10,000 square metres

Other Fees

Listed Building (householder) – written advice only – you will pay £120.00

Heritage & Urban Design attendance at meeting (PER HOUR) – £250.00

NB: this fee is in addition to those above, however written advice will continue to be provided on a case by case basis.

Others not in categories above will be charged at an hourly rate – price on application

* Parish Councils, Voluntary Organisations, National Charities or Charities that are not ‘not-for-profit’ will be charged based on development size

*Source – as defined by Office for National Statistics

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