If you know that planning permission is needed for your project, you can apply for an informal pre-application assessment before you submit your planning application.  There is a fee involved for this service.

Download and print application form

Pre-application advice can: 

  • identify projects that have little or no realistic chance of getting planning permission and highlight the main issues, saving time and money
  • help you understand what information you would need to make a planning application
  • help resolve possible issues before the application is submitted and so make the process of getting planning permission easier
  • identify any communityrelated groups and/or elected members who you should be involving in developing your scheme
  • for major applications, establish the benefits of using a Planning Performance Agreement (PPA)
  • start to build and establish a relationship with the planning officers and others who will make up the pre application/development team 

The advice cannot deliver a guaranteed planning outcome. Planning applications are subject to wider consultation process and issues may come to light that are not known at the time of giving the advice. 

Certain planning applications will be decided by a planning committee made up of elected members. Although the committee will have an officer report and recommendation to consider, members may decide to give different weight to key parts of the assessment. 

What you can expect 

The advice will be in writing and for most proposals we will use a standard template. A supporting letter will be included for more complicated and contentious cases. 

How to use the service 

If you would like to use this service, complete and post the pre-application enquiry form or contact us supplying the following information: 

  • your name and address 
  • the application site address and owner (if different) 
  • a site location plan (preferably to scale or with dimensions included so we can identify clearly where the site is and how it is accessed) 
  • what the site is currently used for 
  • what development you intend to do (building, alterations or change of use for example)
  • how quickly you need a response. We aim to acknowledge receipt within two working days

You should give as much detail as possible such as sketch plans of the location and appearance with dimensions or drawn to scale.


Type of
development fee
Major type 4 500 dwellings and above; or
50 hectare or 50,000sqm of commercial floor space and above
Major type 3 200 – 499 dwellings; or
21 to 49 hectares; or 20,000sqm – 49,000sqm of commercial
floor space
Major type 2 50 -199 dwellings; or
6 – 20 hectares; or 5,000sqm to 19,000sqm of commercial
floor space
Major type 1 10 – 49 dwellings; or
1 – 5 hectares; or 1,000sqm – 4,999sqm of commercial
floor space
Minor type 3 Covers proposals for 5 – 9 new residential units, including
changes of use to flats; or 125sqm to 999sqm for business
change of use or commercial floor space
Minor type 2 Covers proposals for 2 – 4 new residential units, including
changes of use to flats; or 50sqm to 124sqm for business
change of use or commercial floor space
Minor type 1 Covers proposals from 1 residential unit; or
business change of use or commercial floor space up to 49sqm
Listed building consent  £200
Householder development  £110

The fee quoted will include a written response and where necessary a site visit. Pre-application enquiries that exceed the fee quoted will be invoiced at an additional hourly rate of £60 per hour or part thereof.

Beta This is our beta website, your feedback can help us improve it.