Preparation for a pre-application
Before contacting us with your draft development proposals we ask you to:
- investigate the planning history of the site - does this tell you anything that may be relevant to your proposals?
- check the development plan designation of the site - check any policies relevant to your proposals
- familiarise yourself with the development management and highway standards adopted by the council
So we can give a detailed response, please provide the following in support of your enquiry:
- an assessment of the site characteristics, constraints/opportunities and its context in relation to the surrounding area
- accurate site survey plans and tree condition surveys (where applicable) - these will be needed if a planning application is submitted and are likely to be useful for designing a scheme too
- draft design principles for the site developed from the findings of the site survey work
Please note that we reserve the right to reject requests for pre-application advice where a prospective applicant has ignored advice previously given on the same site.
Levels of advice
You will need to decide as to what level of advice you require. There are 4 options:
Stage 1 - In principle advice
This will advise whether or not planning permission is required and, if so, whether the proposal is acceptable in principle.
Stage 2 - Full standard pre-application advice following a stage 1 in principle advice
This will include a site visit and, where applicable, any comments made by internal consultees - a Stage 2 can only be submitted within 12 weeks of a Stage 1 response being issued.
Full standard pre-application enquiry
This will advise whether or not planning permission is required and, if so, whether the proposal is acceptable - it will include a site visit and, where applicable, any comments made by internal consultees.
A bespoke service
This is an individual pre-application service with agreed consultee responses and meetings.