Pre application planning advice service
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.
This will help all applicants to continue to get the best advice from the outset and to proceed through the application process as swiftly as possible during the current pandemic.
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.
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. This includes Transport advice, which is subject to a separate set of fees and, as it is often currently provided supported by and external consultant, timescales.
After you submit your request we will check to make sure that we’ve received the correct fee.
The selected planning case officer will then be in touch to make arrangements for a video conference meeting (where requested), discuss any initial queries and arrangements for any specialist transport advice that the proposed project would benefit from.
Small scale developments
We will provide detailed written comments within three weeks of receiving a complete request or within three weeks of the date of our meeting.
Large, medium and listed building developments
We will provide our written comments within four weeks of receiving a complete request or within four weeks of the date of our meeting.
Our planning officers 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.
More information is available on the DesignPLACE Review page.
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.
Get advice on our policy advice and guidance web pages
For householder proposals - take a look at our policies and guidance for householder proposals
Information for householders on the Planning Portal website
The following guides are available on the Planning Portal website:
- interactive guide for houses
- interactive guide for terraces (including flats, shops and basements)
- common projects
- Portals FAQ - covers planning permission and building regulations
Local plan policies and guidance
Please be familiar with the policies in the emerging City Plan
The following additional guidance is available: