Before an application is submitted, it may be useful to discuss your proposal with planning officers. We particularly encourage pre-application on major schemes. Our informal advice will give you an indication if your proposal is likely to be approved or to highlight issues that need to be addressed. We will also tell you what you would need to submit with any application that you make.
We charge for pre-application advice on major applications, but all other advice is free of charge. In order to provide the best possible advice it is important that you provide us with as much clear information as possible regarding your development. For smaller schemes, advice can be provided through the exchange of correspondence, although if necessary, a meeting can be held at our office.
A range of information is available both to help decide whether planning permission is needed ('permitted development') and what to consider before applying. If your application has been refused we will provide free advice if you want to reapply. We also offer a Duty Planner service to deal with general enquiries.