What is pre-application advice

Before applying for planning permission, it’s a good idea to meet or speak to a planning officer, this can:

  • help you understand how planning policies and other requirements may affect your proposal
  • identify at an early stage any need for specialist advice or surveys on trees, landscape, noise, transport, contaminated land, ecology or archaeology
  • help identify if proposals are acceptable, saving the cost of plans and application fees                                                               

Preparing for your pre-application advice

Before meeting a planning officer, be ready to describe your proposal by:

  • discussing the principle of the development
  • discussing issues such as materials, design, the character of the area, parking
  • preparing any supporting documents such as photographs or draft design and access statements

Your preparation will depend on what you plan to do; it may just be checking the main issues around granting permission and deciding if these are relevant to you.

Download a pre-application advice request form

Presentation to members

A presentation to members lets you engage with members early on so you can answer any questions, amend the scheme and supply any extra information needed. It also gives members a better understanding of the scheme in preparation for the Planning Committee.

This is best suited for significant or complex proposals such as major and strategic developments and will need to be agreed with your relevant Area Planning Manager.

Planning Performance Agreement (PPA)

For major and strategic developments, we also like to agree a planning performance agreement. A PPA lets local planning authorities and applicants agree timescales, actions and resources for handling certain applications.