Our pre-application service is a scheme aimed at giving applicants, architects and developers clear advice about whether the Council would be likely to recommend approval for a scheme.
We can also suggest any changes that may be needed prior to making an application.
It is important to note that this service is for the provision of advice - it is not an approval service.
All advice is given without prejudice to any decision the Council may make on any subsequent application.
All requests must be submitted to us on a Pre-Application Enquiry Form. This ensures that you give us all the information we need.
In addition to the application form and required fee, you will need to send us:
The online application form and notes have more detail on what you need to send us. If you are in any doubt as to what documents you need to send, Ask our Planning Team a question.
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.
More information on the pre-application process for major developments can be found in the downloadable documents to the right of this page.
As part of the pre-application process we will agree with you how the local community should be involved in shaping and influencing the development. This is particularly relevant for larger developments. The downloadable documents: Community Engagement Process Pre-application and Community Engagement Flowchart provide further information.
PRE-APPLICATION CONSULTATION FOR RENEWABLES APPLICATIONS
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: