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Pre-Application Planning Advice

Important - New Charges

It was agreed at the Full Council meeting on 11 January 2012 to change our charges for the 'pre application planning advice service'.

The new charges will come into effect from 6 April 2012. There will be a £50 charge to apply for a meeting about pre application advice for householder planning applications. There will also be a £25 charge for only written advice.

Benefits of Pre Application Advice

It gives you an opportunity to understand how our policies will be applied to your development and you can identify potential problems and resolve them before an application is submitted. This can help prevent costly and time consuming amendments to schemes later;

To request pre application advice you will need to complete a request form stating the full site address and details of the proposal. A scaled location plan and photographs will be required as necessary, together with the relevant fee (see fees below). Please note that VAT increased on the 4 January 2011. The scale of charges for any advice has, therefore, altered.

Responses can either be by letter or discussed at a meeting with a follow up letter. A response by letter will be provided within 10 days of receipt of the valid application. A meeting with the case officer and any appropriate internal consultees, followed by a letter will normally take place within 21 days.

Scale of Charges - Pre-application advice Fee to include VAT

MeetingsFee including VAT
Very large Major  (over 200 dwellings (or 4 hectares or more where no number is given) or commercial over 10,000 sq.m.(or site area over 2 hectares ) £1,000 per hour
Major  (10 to 199 dwellings ( or less than 4 hectares) or commercial between 1000 sq.m. and 9,999 sq. m. ( or where site area is less than 2 hectares) £500 per hour
Minor  ( 1 to 9 dwellings or 0.5 hectares or less ) or commercial (less than 1,000 sq m or less than 1 hectare £250 per hour
Other (excluding householder) £100 per hour
Householder £50
Charities, voluntary groups and parish councils Free
Repairs to listed buildings Free
LettersFee including VAT
Very large Major  (over 200 dwellings (or 4 hectares or more where no number is given) or commercial over 10,000 sq.m.(or site area over 2 hectares) £500
Major  (10 to 199 dwellings ( or less than 4 hectares) or commercial between 1000 sq.m. and 9,999 sq. m. ( or where site area is less than 2 hectares) £250
Minor  ( 1 to 9 dwellings or 0.5 hectares or less ) or commercial (less than 1,000 sq m or less than 1 hectare £125
Other (excluding householder) £50
Householder £25
Charities, voluntary groups and parish councils Free
Repairs to listed buildings Free

If you have any enquires, please contact the Planning Department.

Once the relevant information and fee are received, then the Development Control Team will acknowledge your enquiry. A case officer will be allocated and a response will be sent with a TARGET OF 21 DAYS. If a meeting or site visit is necessary, or if further information or time is required, then the case officer will contact you. Please note that complex proposals will normally involve a meeting with the council's "development team".
 
Please note that pre application advice does not constitute a formal decision of the Council and would not prejudice or amount to pre determination of any future planning application by the Council.

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