Planning pre-application advice

We encourage all applicants to get advice from us before making a planning application. We can give you expert advice on the various matters you will need to consider on your proposal. 

Covid-19 update regarding our advice services

Due to the rapidly changing Covid-19 situation, there has been an immediate effect on some of our services. The council has put in place contingency plans and where a service is affected, we are establishing alternative ways of continuing to provide the service.

Duty planning officer service suspended

Due to current government guidance restricting non-essential contact with others, the majority of our staff will be working from home.

The drop-in and also the phone based duty planner advice service has been suspended with immediate effect.

E-mail enquiries will continue to be dealt with subject to resources and of course our online website resources remain available

E-mail enquiries will be received only for for small scale proposals, such as householder planning applications (i.e. single dwellings), changes to the use of a building, small commercial alterations and extensions  See more details on our duty planning officer service.

Pre-application advice drop-in service suspended

The drop-in and also the phone based duty planner advice service has been suspended with immediate effect.

We offer different levels of pre-application advice service, depending on the size, type and complexity of your proposal. This ranges from a service for small and medium proposals and works to listed buildings to a premium service for the largest or most strategic development proposals.

There is also a bespoke planning performance agreement service to assist major and large scale development proposals.

To help you decide what level of advice you need, please read the guidance note below. This provides details about each service, including the relevant fees.

Pre-application advice guidance note 

Formal pre-application advice affected

We will continue to accept and process planning pre-application requests and provide written advice where possible, but will not arrange face to face meetings until further notice. Our usual target timelines for may also be affected.

To enable us to determine which level of service is appropriate for your proposal, please fill in our pre-application planning advice request form:

Request pre-application form 

We are able to receive forms and supporting documentation via e-mail only.

Please return your completed form and supporting documents as instructed on the form.

On receipt of your request form, our planning customer service team will contact you to arrange payment. We accept payment by debit or credit card or BACs.

Following payment, a planning officer will be allocated to consider your proposal and will contact you to arrange a meeting (if appropriate, depending on the scale).

Environmental impact assessment guidance (EIA)

A small number of major or significant development projects will require an EIA. This is a process for identifying the environmental effects of a proposed development before a planning application is decided.

Additional planning guidance

Council guidance on certain development proposals: