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Pre-application planning advice

What you receive

The pre-app advice we give you will depend upon the complexity and nature of the proposed development but for a major development proposal could include the following. This is not an exhaustive list as each case will be assessed individually:

  • relevant planning history and key issues to be addressed, including identifying potential impacts and site context.
  • an assessment as to whether or not the site complies with relevant local and national policies
  • design advice: comments on built form, scale, massing, views, street scene, historic context etc
  • impacts on amenity: which properties may be affected
  • any assessments required such as noise, air quality, sustainable drainage system information or flooding, contaminated land, tree surveys or landscape assessments.
  • general transport policy advice on car and cycle parking standards and electric charging points.
  • constraints: identification of the relevant constraints affecting the site such as if it is in a conservation area, proximity to listed buildings etc.
  • a meeting with the case officer (via Microsoft Teams). Further meetings will normally need a fresh pre-app application and an additional charge.
  • information on any supporting documents that would be needed as part of any subsequent planning application, and pre-application community engagement advice.
  • information on potential infrastructure requirements including potential impacts that may need to be mitigated through a Section 106 Agreement, such as infrastructure listed in the Infrastructure Delivery Plan.
  • a formal written response setting out the pre-app advice, including the key points discussed in the meeting.

We give all pre-application advice in good faith on the basis of the information provided. However, the advice can only be given without prejudice to any decision the council may take on any subsequent planning application.

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