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Get advice on your planning application

Get advice on your planning application

The Council as of 1 April 2023 has revised its fees and charges around pre-application advice. As a result all site specific enquiries and many other types of enquiries will now require a fee before advice is able to be given.

You will still be able to self-serve using the Council’s website for information and residents are advised to view the guidance that is available on the planning portal at

The process and how to apply

Please download the pre-app form available here. This updated form should give your agents clarity as to what information is required when making an enquiry to the Council. It should be noted that when making an enquiry the more information given, the better able the Council’s planning team will be to assist you.

When you are ready to make your submission please email the form and any supporting documentation to who will review the request, assess the fee against the fees and charges chart and will contact you to inform you as to how you may make payment. Please note that no work will commence on your enquiry until the relevant fee has been paid.

Freedom of Information statement

We may get Freedom of Information or Environmental Information regulations requests about pre-application advice that we have provided. We may have to provide some or all of the information, unless there is a valid reason not (if an exemption exists). Personal information is protected by the Data Protection Act.

The reasons for not providing information on pre-application advice might include commercial sensitivity and confidentiality. If this is the case, you must let us know in writing at the beginning, why and for how long the information is commercially sensitive or confidential. We will consider your arguments, along with the information request, the information we hold, and the legislation, and make the final decision if the information is exempt or not. 

We may also exempt internal documents and communications or incomplete documents if we consider they may harm our ability to deliver the service effectively. For example, at the beginning of the major application process, there will be exploratory discussion, which if disclosed, may affect any subsequent planning application.