Pre application and General Planning Advice

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Find out how all planning related matters affected by Covid 19 are being progressed at this current time.

Please note that the planning team is currently experiencing very high volumes of casework presently and this may mean that it takes longer than normal to respond to you. We will endeavour to do so at the earliest opportunity.

If your enquiry relates to works to trees please email There is no charge for this advice.

For all other enquiries, please use our online form. You will need to decide which development type your query falls within. The form will then give you an advice checklist of information you will need to give us, and let you know the correct fee to be paid. Please note that we will not deal with any enquiry unless all the required information and the correct fee have been received. Please do not email such requests, to ensure that you supply all the required information to enable us to process your enquiry. No fee is needed where the query relates to improvements for people with disabilities.

You may make an enquiry relating to land which you do not own. However, you will need to provide written confirmation that the site owner has given permission for a site visit, should you request one as part of our response.

For alterations to your home we would advise that you start by looking at the Interactive House on the Planning Portal; the Portal also gives general advice on planning matters. You can also find out if your site is affected by any protected trees or Heritage Assets (such as Conservation Areas, Listed Buildings etc) which may affect what you want to do. You can also research previous applications using applications online.

Please note

The Council's advice is based on the planning policies and circumstances that apply at the time that the advice is given. We cannot guarantee that the advice will be relevant if there have been significant changes in either planning policy or the site and/or its surroundings by the time a formal application is made.

Receipt of pre-application advice cannot guarantee the outcome of any subsequent planning application. It is only through the submission of a formal application that full consultation can be carried out, and the decision may need to be made at Planning Committee. Therefore all advice is given on a 'without prejudice' basis. Where pre-application advice is not followed, subsequent applications are likely to be determined without further negotiations.

Protocol for providing pre-application and general planning advice

In addition, the Council has now published its Planning Performance Agreement protocol, which you are encouraged to consider before making a pre-application advice request or an application for planning permission.

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