Pre-application enquiry service
Do I need planning permission?
Many types of minor development are classed as ‘permitted development’. This means they do not require a planning application. These can include certain extensions or alterations to houses or small scale farm development. The permitted development regulations are quite complicated, for a fee of £50 (including VAT) we can advise whether your proposal is ‘permitted development’ or if a planning application is required. Details of how to find out about your proposal are set out below.
Will I get planning permission?
The Government encourages applicants to seek advice before they submit a planning application. Doing this allows planning officers to give advice on any potential problems, or add value to proposals. This ‘front-loading’ of the planning application process allows applications to be dealt with more quickly and reduces the likelihood of permission being refused.
*New services from January 2023* We can provide a fast tracked service for Do I need planning permission queries. Normally we will respond within 28 days, however for a cost of £100 we will response within 10 working days or sooner. Please contact us in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to check that we have the capacity to respond in this timescale as the availability of this service will be dependent on staff capacity.
*Bespoke pre-planning advice service* We can offer an enhanced pre-planning advice service for more complicated proposals, where multiple site meetings and in-depth discussions are needed. Please contact the planning team for details of what we can provide and a quote for an enhanced service by emailing email@example.com . The planning team is unable to design the scheme for you but we will help guide you through the planning process so that you can be confident that the scheme that is submitted is one that can be supported.
To submit a pre-application enquiry please complete the relevant application form, either householder or non-householder (See below).