Pre-application protocol for councillors

We have a protocol for member engagement in pre-application planning discussions which is set out in this section.

This protocol applies in relation to the following proposals for:  

  • 50+ dwellings or more
  • 10,000 sqm of industrial, commercial or retail floor space
  • wide corporate involvement by us
  • development of strategic significance e.g. wider regeneration benefits or transport infrastructure.

The above criteria may be reduced further for developments in villages, neighbourhoods or the rural area for locally significant or controversial schemes, such as small housing development (under 50 dwellings) or a wind farm.

The development executive (DE) or planning development management (PDM), in consultation with the development services cabinet member and planning committee chairman or vice chairman, will determine which major applications will be considered suitable for pre-application discussions utilising the DTA.

This protocol supplements and should be read in conjunction with our pre-application protocol for major planning applications (DTA).