Development enquiry service (pre-application advice)

We can give you pre-application advice and information before you make a planning application.

Our service will help you:

  • understand how our policies will be applied to your proposal
  • identify potential problems and sort them out before you make an application
  • prevent costly and time consuming amendments to schemes later

How to apply

To apply for the development enquiry service, please complete the online form below.

Please note from 1 January 2019 all Development Enquiry Service applications will be in the public domain and will show live on our Public Access system.

Make an online pre-application


There's normally a charge for our development enquiry service although some services are free. Fees vary depending on the size of your development, see the document below for a full list of our planning fees and charges:

Download Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Fees Policy 2020 [PDF, 361KB]


Email or call 01752 304366 for more information and to book an appointment.

Submitting a pre application (Development Enquiry Service). From January 2019.

When you submit your pre application please note that all of these applications, except initial scoping meetings, will normally be in the public domain and can be viewed by anyone using our Public Access service.  If you feel that your application contains commercially sensitive information you are advised at the very start of the application process to contact us and set out why your application should be restricted from public view.  You should also state whether this should be all or part of the information submitted and when you consider the information can be made public.  You will be asked to acknowledge if you wish to proceed during the electronic process below.  You will be also asked to read the following information with regards to Freedom of Information and Environmental Information Regulations requests that maybe made by anyone with regards to your application.

If the Local Planning Authority receives a request, under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) or Environmental Information Regulations (EIR), to disclose information relating to this pre-application enquiry they are obliged to do so unless the information is deemed exempt under the FOI or EIR Acts.

We can only withhold information under FOI or EIR if the information falls under one of the exemptions (FOI) or exceptions (EIR) set out in legislation for commercially sensitive information.

If we cannot agree with you on the sensitivity of the information you submit then you will be given the option not to proceed with the pre application. The Council maintains compliance to the Data Protection Act and we will not release any personal information to third parties.

 The Royal Town Planning Institute: Planning Aid

Planning Aid England

Planning Aid England (PAE) provides free, independent, professional planning advice and support to help individuals and communities engage with the planning system. This includes online guidance and a limited amount of free email advice which can be accessed by an online enquiry form. In some circumstances PAE may be able to offer additional bespoke support. To find out more visit the Royal Town Planning Institute website.