The council also provides a more comprehensive pre-application advice service with detailed expert advice, guidance and feedback on proposals.

We consider pre-application discussions to be of significant benefit to the applicant by highlighting planning issues and requirements at the earliest possible stage.

Pre-application discussions provide greater certainty for applicants and developers about the likely outcome. They also help to improve the quality of design, encourage greater public consultation and enable the council to process planning applications more quickly.

To enable a consistent and high standard, there is a fee payable.