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Pre-application advice

Applicants are encouraged to obtain pre-application advice before submitting a planning application.

A large or complex scheme may be suitable for a planning performance agreement (PPA). The case officer will discuss the suitability of a PPA with the applicant.

If you want to arrange a meeting with a planning officer you must use the Pre application meeting request form (85KB) and follow the instructions on the form. An application cannot be processed until the form, material and fee, if one is applicable, have been submitted.

You can pay by credit card online by going to the Pre-planning advice payment page in the Report, Pay, Apply section.

We aim to process a request for a pre-application advice meeting within a week of receipt of the documents and fee, if applicable, and to be able to offer a meeting as soon as possible thereafter at a time convenient to the applicant.

Pre-application advice meeting fees

There is a fee for pre-planning application meetings, except in limited circumstances.

  • The fees includes VAT at 20%.
  • Where a scheme involves a combination of the criteria in the table the higher fee will apply.
  • If a scheme includes affordable housing there will be no fee for that element of the scheme.
  • A 20% cancellation fee will be charged for a meeting cancelled within three days of the scheduled meeting date

If the proposal does not fall within the criteria below there is no fee.

Proposal Applies to First meeting £ Subsequent meeting £
Minor 5-9 residential unites created by a new development or a change of use.
500-999 sq. m. of new floor space-GEA (Gross External Area).
Change of use involving C1, A3, A4, A5, D2 and sui generis uses over 300 sq..
900 450
Medium 10-20 residential units created by new a development or a change of use.
1,000-1,999 sq. metre of new floor space-GEA.
1,800 900
Large 21-50 residential units created by a new development or a change of use.
2,000-9,999 sq. metre of new floor space-GEA.
2,400 1,200
Major and EIA Above 50 residential unties created by a new development or a change of use.
>10,000 sq. metre of new floor space-GEA.
3,000 1,500
22 March 2012
Last Modified:
26 September 2019