Pre-application advice and planning performance agreements during the COVID-19 pandemic

Our pre-application service is continuing, using online conferencing and email. Please contact us in the usual way to commission this service. 

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we're currently unable to do site visits. The case officer can discuss with you suitable alternatives, including photographs and other technological solutions.

This will help all applicants continue to get the best advice from the start. It will also help applicants go through the application process as quickly as possible during the pandemic.

Pre-application advice

We offer pre-application advice to improve the quality of planning applications and to provide you with information about any likely issues with your planning application.

Early advice gives your application the best chance of success.

Discuss potential changes without pressure from the application deadline.

Apply and pay for pre-application advice Download the application form and find out how much pre-application advice costs.

How our pre-application advice service works

You can choose between:

  • written ‘in principle' advice
  • written 'in principle' advice and a meeting

You can also choose to have specialist officers to input into our advice and/or a site visit. We will also contact you if we feel specialist officers' advice is needed.

After you submit your request we will check to make sure that we’ve received the correct fee.

We'll check to make sure that sufficient information has been submitted. Once this is done your request is complete.

Small scale developments

We'll provide detailed written comments within 3 weeks of receiving a complete request or within 3 weeks of the date of our meeting.

Large, medium and listed building developments

We will provide our written comments within 4 weeks of receiving a complete request or within 4 weeks of the date of our meeting.

How our planning officers can help

They can provide:

  • local knowledge and information on the relevant national and local planning policies and guidance
  • relevant planning history
  • advice on the procedure, consultation and estimated timescale of your application once submitted
  • informal and without prejudice officer comments on the scheme

Larger proposals and planning performance agreements

We may need to hold further meetings before a formal application is submitted if your proposed development has:

  • complex issues
  • needs significant alterations to the scheme

Additional meetings will be subject to a further charge.

We may work with you to put a planning performance agreement in place. This sets out an agreed framework for taking your proposal forward.

We offer the DesignPLACE Review (Design Panel) service to all pre-application submissions for major schemes in the city.

Further information and help to submit a planning application

Please ensure that you are familiar with relevant planning policies, guidance and planning history when you prepare your proposals.

Information for householders on the Planning Portal website

The following guides are available on the Planning Portal website:

Local plan policies and guidance

Please be familiar with the policies in the emerging City Plan.

The following additional guidance is available: