We provide pre-application advice for all development proposals as part of a positive and proactive planning service.
We welcome and encourage early discussions with anyone considering development.
But providing pre-application advice is time consuming and costly and can only be made available within the resources available, so we now have to charge for advice on all proposals for new housing, including conversion schemes, and for larger development schemes, to recover the costs.
The current statutory planning fees don't cover the cost of pre-application advice.
Further information, including the costs and an application form, can be found here.
The income raised is channelled into improving the service and ensuring that some of the cost of providing advice doesn't fall to the council tax payer.
However, advice for householders and property owners on all other smaller and medium-scale development continues to be available free of charge.
We also provide a “duty planner” service providing informal advice and guidance.