Apply for pre-application advice

How long does it take?

We aim to acknowledge all pre-app requests within five working days, and process most pre-apps and give you feedback within three weeks.

We will assign an officer (of appropriate seniority), depending on the scale and nature of the proposal.

If a meeting is required:

  • You will be contacted within five working days to arrange a date for the meeting.
  • The allocated case officer will meet with you, in addition to other relevant parties, depending on the scale and nature of the proposal.
  • More strategic major proposals will follow our development team approach, which includes member involvement.
  • Our schedule of charges sets out how many meetings will be included within the fee - find out more about our pre-app charges and exemptions.
  • If further meetings are requested then additional charges will apply, which will be payable in advance of the meeting/s.
  • A response will be provided within ten working days of the meeting, unless an alternative timescale has been agreed. 

If a meeting is not required:

  • Written advice will normally be provided within 15 working days (three weeks) of receipt of request.

We will endeavour to meet these timescales, although there may be certain occasions when circumstances prevent this. If this should occur, then we will update you with a revised target date to provide the advice.