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Get advice on your planning application

Once you know that you need planning permission, we can check if your plans are likely to be approved before you make the formal application, which could save you time and money.

The benefits of obtaining pre-application advice include:

  • an early indication if your plans might get approved
  • a site visit, if required, by a case officer and advice followed up in writing
  • time and money saved by submitting an unacceptable or incorrect planning application
  • early identification of any issues that need to be addressed before submitting a formal planning application, including the need for specialist input relating to conservation or highways
  • specialist guidance relating to landscaping, visual impact, ecology, trees, conservation and listed buildings
  • our prior knowledge of your plans when we come to review your final application
  • all the information back to you within 28 days

See full list of fees and charges below.

Request pre-application advice

Or email your request to

Once you have completed the form we will email you details of how to pay. 

Charges for pre-application advice

The full costs, details of additional charges and explanations of different types of development are available to download. 

The table gives a summary of the basic fees of service we provide. 

Type of development

Initial meeting or written response

Do I need planning permission service


Householder advice


Complex householder advice


Minor 1 to 9 units

Up to £1000

Major 10 to 199 units


Major 200 or more units



Freedom of information statement

We may get Freedom of Information or Environmental Information regulations requests about pre-application advice that we have provided.  We may have to provide some or all of the information, unless there is a valid reason not (if an exemption exists). Personal information is protected by the Data Protection Act

The reasons for not providing information on pre-application advice might include commercial sensitivity and confidentiality. If this is the case, you must let us know in writing at the beginning, why and for how long the information is commercially sensitive or confidential.  We will consider your arguments, along with the information request, the information we hold, and the legislation, and make the final decision if the information is exempt or not.  

We may also exempt internal documents and communications or incomplete documents if we consider they may harm our ability to deliver the service effectively. For example, at the beginning of the major application process, there will be exploratory discussion, which if disclosed, may affect any subsequent planning application.