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Pre application advice

Before you submit a planning application, you can get advice from us. This can help you make a better application and can save time and money.

Our advice can help you to:

  • understand how we judge your proposal

  • work out if you need special input, such as with:

    • historic buildings

    • trees or landscape

    • contaminated or unstable land

  • change your proposal to make it more likely to get approved

  • reduce the time spent working with professional advisors

  • see where a proposal is unacceptable saving you the costs of making a full application

  • avoid rejection because there is not enough information given

  • work out if there is any need for a planning obligation or contribution

Application types

There are different types of pre application advice available for different pre application types. The different types are based on the size of the application from simpler single household applications up to major applications covering many dwellings or several hectares (ha) or square meters (sqm):

Householder pre application advice

Other types of householder advice:

Householder pre application advice
 Advice type:  Written advice Office meeting including a write up of the discussion Site based meeting including a write up of the discussion
 Price: £160 (includes £26.67 VAT)   £240 (includes £40 VAT) and a 1 hour meeting  £320 (includes £53.33 VAT) and a 1 hour meeting

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Non major pre application

Householder pre application advice
 Advice type:  Written advice Office meeting including a write up of the discussion Site based meeting including a write up of the discussion
 Price:   £400 (includes £66.67 VAT)  £520 (includes £86.67 VAT) and a 1.5 hour meeting   £600 (includes £100 VAT) and a 1.5 hour meeting

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Major pre application (10 to 25 dwellings)

Advice for developments with 10 to 25 dwellings less than 0.5ha site area or buildings with a floor space less than 1000 sqm.

Major pre application (10 to 25 dwellings)
 Advice type:  Written advice Office meeting including a write up of the discussion Site based meeting including a write up of the discussion
 Price: £600 (includes £100 VAT) £800 (includes £133.33 VAT) and a 2 hour meeting £900 (includes £150 VAT) and a 2 hour meeting 

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Major pre application (26 to 49 dwellings)

Advice for developments with 26 to 49 dwellings or site area between 0.5 and 4.99ha or building floor space 1000sqm to 9999sqm.

Major pre application (26 to 49 dwellings)
 Advice type:  Written advice Office meeting including a write up of the discussion Site based meeting including a write up of the discussion
 Price:  £900 (includes £150 VAT) £1100 (includes £183.33 VAT) and a 2 hour meeting  £1200 (includes £200 VAT) and a 2 hour  meeting 

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Significant major pre application (over 50 dwellings)

Advice for developments with over 50 dwellings site area 5ha or more or building floorspace 10,000 sqm or more or development requiring EIA development.

Significant major pre application (over 50 dwellings)
 Advice type:  Written advice Office meeting including a write up of the discussion Site based meeting including a write up of the discussion
 Price:  £1200 (includes £200 VAT)  £1500 (includes £250 VAT) and a 3 hour meeting  £1600 (includes £266.67 VAT) and a 3 hour meeting 

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Waste and minerals pre application - small

Advice for developments with a site area up 0.49ha and building floor space up to 999sqm.

Waste and minerals pre application - small
 Advice type:  Written advice Office meeting including a write up of the discussion Site based meeting including a write up of the discussion
 Price:  £600 (includes £100 VAT) £800 (includes £133.33 VAT) and a 2 hour meeting  £900 (includes £150 VAT) and a 2 hour meeting 

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Waste and minerals – pre application - large

Advice for developments with a site area 0.5ha or more or building floor space of 1000sqm or more or exploration/appraisal and production of hydrocarbons or development requiring an Environmental Impact Assessment.

Waste and minerals pre application - large
 Advice type:  Written advice Office meeting including a write up of the discussion Site based meeting including a write up of the discussion
 Price:  £1200 (includes £200 VAT) £1800 (includes £300 VAT) and a 3 hour meeting  £1900 (includes £316.67 VAT) and a 3 hour meeting 

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Additional officers at a meeting (including specialists)

£100 (includes £16.67 VAT) per hour or part thereof.

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Specialist Listed Building and Trees advice only (no planning input)

Householder pre application advice
 Advice type:  Written advice Office meeting including a write up of the discussion Site based meeting including a write up of the discussion
 Price: £160 (includes £26.67 VAT)   £240 (includes £40 VAT) and a 1 hour meeting  £320 (includes £53.33 VAT) and a 1 hour meeting

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Follow up advice for any pre application type

Follow up advice for any pre application type
 Application type: Major and significant majors Non majors Householders
 Price:  £100 (includes £16.67 VAT) per hour or part thereof

 

£80 (includes £13.33 VAT) per hour or part thereof 
£65 (includes £10.83 VAT) per hour or part thereof  

How to apply

You will need:

  • information about your proposal such as dimensions and materials
  • any supporting documents you'd like to attach to help explain what you're going to do. We suggest:
    • plans (either drawn to scale or with the measurements clearly written on them)
    • elevations (either drawn to scale or with the measurements clearly written on them)
    • photographs
  • a credit or debit card to make payment

 

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