Major development advice

Your work will be a major development if it’s for:

  • 10 to 49 residential units
  • 1,000 to 4,999 square metres floor space
  • development on a site less than 2 hectares (including any change of use of land or building)

Pre-application advice

Pre-application advice will cover:

  • details of any statutory designations and constraints affecting the site
  • key planning policy context and assessment of the scheme against planning policy
  • any other material considerations
  • potential development considerations
  • a synopsis of potential changes which may be needed to improve the scheme and, if possible, overcome objections
  • identification of areas within the pre application scheme that may need addressing or changing

The advice will include both preliminary and full advice.

Preliminary advice will include:

  • whether the principle of the proposal is acceptable
  • limited internal consultation
  • a planning history search

For preliminary advice, you can expect a response within 30 working days by phone or face to face.

Full advice will include:

  • details of any legal designations and limitations that affect the site
  • key planning policy context and assessment of the scheme against planning policy
  • identification of any other material considerations
  • potential development contributions
  • a summary of possible changes that may be needed to improve the scheme and, if possible, overcome objections
  • identification of areas within the pre-application scheme that may need addressing or amending
  • conclusion as to the likelihood of the scheme being accepted

Cost of pre-application advice

View our pre-application advice fees and charges

Expectations for full pre-application advice

For full advice, you can expect:

  • to be contacted within 5 working days, either more information will be required or your enquiry will have been registered, along with the details of the case
  • the project plan will need to be agreed by Planning Manager and Developer

Developer expectations

The major developer is expected to arrange:

  • a pre-application consultation with ongoing engagement
  • a consultation with the Parish Council
  • a presentation to members, to inform local ward councillors
  • an exhibition or local meeting
  • notification of local community groups

Find out more about our pre-application service