Our service will provide you with informal advice on whether or not planning permission would be necessary for your proposed development and whether or not it is likely to gain approval. It enables you to:

  • Establish if you need to make a Planning or Building Control application and increase your chances of submitting a successful one.
  • Establish early on if a proposal is likely to be acceptable and what issues need to be considered prior to the submission of a formal application.
  • Save you the costs of pursuing a formal application unlikely to gain approval.
  • Understand which planning policies would apply to your scheme and how.
  • Avoid delays by reducing the amount of negotiations and amendments required at the formal application stage.
  • The conveyancing process may oblige you to provide proof that appropriate permissions were sought, for any development you may have undertaken on your property. Therefore, a written response from us will be beneficial to you should you wish to sell your property. 


The cost of the service is £90 with an additional £90 payable if a listed building is involved. Charges listed are inclusive of VAT. Visit the paying your planning fees page for more information on how to pay your fees.

Please note, once submitted, pre-application fees are non-refundable.

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Advice will be provided in writing at the end of the process. 

The advice given in response to your request represents the officer’s informal opinion, based upon the information you have provided. It is given without prejudice to any decision by us.

Any subsequent planning application will be the subject of publicity and consultation in accordance with the our procedures. These, and other matters which may subsequently come to light, may result in additional issues being raised that are pertinent to the determination of the application. Officers will use every endeavour to accurately predict the outcome of an application at pre-application stage, there will be times when after considering representations received in response to the statutory advertisement/consultation process we may reach a different conclusion.

It is not our normal practice to enter into negotiations that would result in the substantial change to a proposal once a formal planning application has been submitted, unless to do so would clearly be in the public interest.

Where an application is submitted without pre-application advice, it is determined on its merits.

If you have any questions or require any further guidance about our pre-application service then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please supply the appropriate level of information necessary for us to give you an informed response to your enquiry. The more information that you can provide us with at this stage, the more informed our response to you can be.

A typical enquiry should include:

An accurate site plan - (preferably Ordnance Survey) with the site to which the enquiry relates clearly marked in red. A blue line should be drawn around any further land, owned by the applicant, which is close to or adjoining the application site. You can purchase these online  Opens in a new window if you wish.

Any further information - necessary to clearly illustrate your scheme. This largely depends on the scale of your proposed scheme. It may be necessary to supply (only where appropriate) any of the following:

  • Sketches (please show the site as both existing and proposed)
  • Photographs (of the existing site)
  • Details from product brochures
  • Existing scaled drawings – site layout plan, floor plans and elevations
  • Proposed scaled drawings – site layout plan, floor plans and elevations
  • The topography of the site i.e. flat or sloping
  • A plan of the site and its surroundings which shows all the buildings, trees and other important features e.g. stone walls, hedges etc.
  • An assessment of you proposal in relation to other buildings, trees and other important features and the reasons for the scheme as submitted

Developments involving new building or access

  • Your drawings should show existing vehicular and pedestrian access points, proposed access points, visibility splays and gradients and details, or proposed vehicle and cycle parking and service areas.
  • Your drawings should accurately show changes in existing and proposed site levels and adjoining land.
  • Your drawings should show trees and shrubs that will be lost or retained within or adjacent to the site.

Please note: An insufficient level of information at this time may result in us being unable to process your request for advice. In some cases there may be significant doubt as to whether or not the proposal will be acceptable in principle.

A site visit may be undertaken by a planning officer but only if essential. If officers need to arrange a site visit before responding and this involves access to private land, not easily visible from public land, they will use the contact number or email address given to arrange such a visit.

We will aim to give a comprehensive and integrated response by including the views of all relevant officers and consultees.