Guidance notes

Use this form to request pre-application planning advice for a non-householder.

The more comprehensive the information supplied, the fuller our response will be; this may help to avoid a site meeting and reduce the time taken by us to respond.

What information do I need to provide?

As a guide the following information is the minimum requirement to enable us to process your enquiry:

  • Full contact details including phone numbers and email address
  • The address and a location plan (Scale: 1:1250 or 1:2500) of the site and information about its existing use
  • A description of the proposal
  • A sketch plan/diagram (Scale 1:100 or 1:200), and photographs of the site showing existing buildings, trees, hedges, access points and parking availability: this list is not comprehensive
  • A sketch of all elevations (Scale 1:100 or 1:50) of the new building/extension showing door and window positions
  • Photographs of the site

On receipt of your enquiry and, where appropriate the fee, we will provide an acknowledgement letter telling you:

  • Where possible who is dealing with the enquiry
  • That we will endeavour to deal with the enquiry in writing (by post or preferably by email) in 15 working days, to allow for research and a possible site visit. If this timescale is likely to be exceeded due to the nature of the enquiry or other workload issues a further letter will be sent setting out a revised response time.

Depending on the nature of the enquiry the response will include some or all of the following information:

  • Whether you need planning or other associated forms of permission, if that is your request
  • The planning history of the site
  • What relevant planning policies apply
  • What other material considerations are likely to be taken into account
  • A view on likely problems/issues that will arise from policy, history or material considerations
  • Offering a meeting where requested on site or at the office

For major proposals the process may take longer, a maximum timescale of 25 working days (an extended timescale can be negotiated where necessary) will enable more detailed research to take place along side the service detailed above.

For further information, including a list of charges, see Pre-application planning advice non-householder (opens a new window).

Save your request and exit

In order to complete this request in stages, click on Save and Exit on the bottom of any page. You will be sent a unique link that will allow you to come back to your request at your own convenience. You can re-use this email link as many times as you need to use the Save facility for this request.

Please note that your transaction will not be submitted for processing until you return and complete it in full. Any documents which you have uploaded as part of this transaction will need to be re-uploaded when you come back to complete the form if you use the Save facility.