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Pre-application advice and enquiries

All pre-application advice should be requested using the form below. We are not able to organise meetings without the prior submission of the request, details and fee (as per the below timescale).

What to include in your enquiry (including meetings)

The advice given will depend on the level of information provided. As such clear and accurate information will allow us to provide a more thorough response.

A minimum requirement for an enquiry (at the time of submission) is;

  • a map showing the location and boundary of the site
  • plans/sketches/annotated photographs showing any physical works
  • a written description of the proposal
  • photographs of the site

For enquiries asking for an officers opinion on whether a scheme is likely to be acceptable please also include:

IF THIS INFORMATION IS NOT SUPPLIED YOUR ENQUIRY WILL NOT BE VALID AND WILL THEREFORE NOT BE RESPONDED TO OR MEETING ORGANISED.

The officer may request further information before providing advice or having the meeting. If further information is required to advise you or the above is not included the request may not be considered to be valid and as such meetings and the response may be delayed. 

Please note officers may also consider that your preferred service option is not the most suitable option they will advise you off this and (if the service is a lesser charge) provide this service instead. Due to time resources we are unlikely to be able to provide on site meetings unless there is a clear reason this is required.

Time scales

We will aim to respond to written enquiries between 15 and 20 working days depending on the complexity of the submission from a valid submission date (i.e. we have the necessary form, fee and sufficient information).

With requests for meetings we will aim to contact you initially within 15 working days with a meeting likely to be in following 15 working days.

Please note this will depend on staff availability and sometimes these timescales may be extended. Due to the high volume of enquiries which are marked as urgent, though we will attempt to respond within the required timeframe, this may not be possible (especially with very short deadlines). We would urge any enquiries to be submitted in sufficient time as outlined above.

Payments

 

 

This page was last updated: 9 October 2017

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