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Pre-application advice

Before you apply for planning permission, you may find it helpful to discuss your proposals with us first. Our advice can help you get your application right, which could save you time and money.

You can make a pre-application enquiry to us via our online form, emailing planning@fdean.gov.uk or writing to us.

Request pre-application advice

The level of detail needed will depend on the complexity of your proposal, At a minimum we require the following for your pre-application to be considered;

  • Location plan of the site and the address
  • Description of proposal
  • Any other information or documents you consider relevant at this stage e.g. plans

Within 21 working days of receiving all the relevant information we aim to provide you with free advice on:

  • The planning merits of the proposed development, offering a view on the acceptability of the proposal.
  • The relevant policies against which your proposal will be assessed.
  • Documents that are required within your planning application submission.

Please note, if you want formal confirmation as to whether your proposal requires planning permission, you will need to submit an application for a Lawful Development Certificate.

Duty Officer Service

The duty officer is an initial point of contact via the telephone or a visit to our offices in Coleford on the following days and times:

Day Time
Monday 10am - 12noon
Wednesday 2pm - 4pm
Friday 10am - 12noon

The duty officer can provide general planning advice and comment on small pre-application inquiries. The duty officer will be unable to spend more than 20 minutes per customer as the officer needs to be available to field calls and see other customers. If you consider that you will need a longer period, then the option to make a formal appointment to meet an officer is available. Planning agents should not use this service to hold meetings with specific officers and are asked to make normal appointments.