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Find out how to get informal advice on whether or not planning permission would be necessary or likely to be approved for your proposed development.
We have had to change the way that some of our services operate to meet the guidelines set out by the government in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
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:
|Type of development||Description||Charge (including VAT)|
|Minor Residential||Single Dwelling||£230|
|Minor Residential||2 to 14 dwellings||£230 for first dwelling then £100 per additional dwelling|
|Major Residential||15 dwellings or more||£1650 per 5,000 sq.m. (0.5 hectares) Maximum Fee: £10,000|
|Commercial||No new floor space||£100 per unit|
|Commercial||Creation of new floor space (including change of use)||£100 per 100 sq.m. up to a maximum of £5000|
|Waste, Minerals and Recycling Operations||Waste Management, mineral processing, extraction or storage||£1000|
Any pre-application enquiry which involves a Listed Building will be subject to an additional charge of £100.
For mixed use development; please add the residential and commercial fees together as a cumulative fee will be applicable.
All other proposals will be charged at the hourly rate of £100 (inc. VAT). Please contact us for further information.
These charges cover the costs associated with an officer providing an initial response to a preapplication enquiry. One further written response will be charged at £100.00 per hour (or part thereof).
In some instances we will refer development proposals to the independent Torbay Design Review panel. A separate fee will be required to cover the cost of using the Panel.
Visit the paying your planning fees page for more information on how to pay your fees.
Please note, once paid, pre-application fees are non-refundable.
Please note that this is not a formal legally binding response.
It is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure that development is conducted within the constraints of Certificate of Lawfulness for a Proposed Use or Development for which a fee is payable.and the . Should you wish to obtain a formal determination on the planning status of a proposed development, you may apply for a
We will assess the information to ensure it is enough to give a detailed response. If further information is deemed necessary you will be contacted and asked to provide the additional details. If you do not supply the information requested the enquiry will be closed.
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 canif 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:
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.
Our pre-application enquiry service (including for Major Development) is likely to include: