Apply for pre-application advice

Fees and charges

Advice type Cost
Householder and advertisements £42 + £35 extra per additional meeting
Change of use of land or buildings to a non-residential (dwelling) use. £180 + £50 extra per additional meeting
Minor developments - 1 to 4 dwellings; sites up to 0.49ha; up to 499sqm. £180 + £50 extra per additional meeting
Minor developments - 5 to 9 dwellings; sites of 0.5 to 0.99ha; 500 to 999sqm floor area. £360 + £100 extra per additional meeting.
Major developments (b) - 10 to 49 dwellings; sites of up to 1.9ha or 1,000 to 4,999sqm gross floor area. £720 + £150 extra per additional meeting.
Major developments (a) - 50 to 199 dwellings or 2ha to 3.9ha site area or 5,000 to 9,999 sqm gross floor area. £1,440 + £200 extra per additional meeting.
Strategic major developments - 200+ dwellings or over four ha site area or more than 10,000 sqm gross floor area. £2160 + £300 extra per additional meeting.
Planning performance agreement (PPAs) or bespoke arrangements in relation to large scale, complex or strategic proposals where a bespoke charge is more suitable. This may include schemes where a PPA is involved.

To be agreed via negotiation

 All charges are inclusive of VAT and are non-refundable.

Exemptions

The following pre-application discussions do not incur a charge:

  • Planning discussions following enforcement investigation
  • Where the enquiry is made by a local authority or county council
  • Where the enquiry is made by a parish or town council
  • Where the development is for the direct benefit of a disabled person/s (and as such there would be no fee incurred to make a planning application)
  • Works in respect of tree preservation orders
  • Works to a listed building or in a conservation area, where no planning application fee would be required.
  • Advice about how to submit a planning application or a fee enquiry.

Notes

Strategic major developments and major developments (a) - includes up to 3 meetings and notes of meetings and 1 written response.

Major (b), minor developments & change of use (non-residential) - includes up to 2 meetings, notes of meetings and 1 written response.

Householder & advertisements- includes 1 meeting in the council office and 1 written response. It does not however include a site meeting/site visit. If a site meeting/visit is required the normal fee rate will be doubled.

One short follow-up clarification/query on the advice provided will be given otherwise a further pre-application query will be necessary, which would generate a further fee. If a revised/amended scheme is subsequently proposed by the same applicant/developer in relation to the site within 6 months of the initial advice, then a reduction of 25% will be made against the further request.

All above basic charges are exclusive of VAT* and all fees are non-refundable. *VAT payable at current rate (20% at time of print/nov 2017).

If specialist external advice is required to provide a response, the rates will be charged based on the fees incurred by the council i.e. In relation to independent viability assessments or specialist agricultural advice required. Such fees are to be agreed between the two parties before specialist advice is sought.