What pre-application advice is

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