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Pre-Application Service

Our pre-application advice service is the best way of finding out whether the Council is likely to be able to support your proposal before submitting your application.

What is the pre-application advice service?

Our pre-application service is a scheme aimed at giving applicants, architects and developers clear advice about whether the Council would be likely to support a proposal. It is important to note that this service is for the provision of advice - it is not an approval service and all advice is given without prejudice to any decision the Council may make on any subsequent application.  Please read our  Pre-Application Policy (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window)  for more information.

Publication of pre-applications. 

Following a pre-app enquiry, if a subsequent planning application is made on the site the pre-app together with any response made by the Council will usually be made available for public inspection.  Please see our Pre-application policy for more details.

Why apply for pre-application advice?

Open and constructive pre-application discussions are an opportunity for the Council and applicants to work together to achieve developments that deliver benefits to the individual, community, environment and the economy. This can save time and costs and optimise the potential of a site.

Benefits of pre-application enquiries and discussions include:

  • Saving time and resources;
  • Raising the quality of development;
  • Speeding up the validation process;
  • Gaining community acceptance through engagement;
  • Reducing the number of unsuccessful planning applications;
  • Identifying the need for specialist input earlier;
  • Provide sufficient information to support final application

Should I speak to the local community about my proposals?

Applicants and developers are encouraged to engage with the local community before submitting their applications. Please see Section 7 of our Pre-Application Policy (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window)  for further details.

How to apply, what to submit and fees.

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All requests must be submitted to us using the link above and the following information will be required when submitting your pre-application enquiry. This ensures that you give us all the information we need.

  • The relevant Pre Application fee
  • A site location plan, clearly identifying the site in question
  • A sketch plan showing the proposed development work
  • Photographs of the site if they would help to put the development in context
  • A summary of any community consultation that has been carried out

Depending on the complexity of the proposal, you may need to provide additional details. However, the more information you can give us initially, the more detailed and comprehensive the response from officers can be.

Please read our Pre-Application Policy (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window) for more detailed information on the pre-application process.


If you are applying to develop 2 or more wind turbines and/or any turbine with a hub height in excess of 15 metres, there are different requirements.

The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure and Section 62A Applications) (England) (Amendment) Order 2013 ("2013 Order") came into force on 17 December 2013.

The requirements introduced by the 2013 Order are set out under Section 61W of the 1990 Act. Section 61W specifies that applicants must:

  • consult all persons specified in a development order, or of a description specified in a development order, about the proposed application;
  • publicise the proposed application in such a manner as they reasonably consider is likely to bring it to the attention of the majority of the persons who live at or otherwise occupy premises in the vicinity of the land;
  • publicise how persons wishing to comment on the proposed development may contact them. They should give such information about the proposed timetable for the consultation as is sufficient to ensure persons wishing to comment may do so in good time.

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