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

We consider pre-application discussions to be of significant benefit to the applicant through 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 from the planning process. They also help to improve the quality of design, encourage greater public consultation and enable the council to process planning applications more quickly.

We welcome and encourage discussions before those proposing development submit an application for planning permission.

So that we can provide this service to a consistent and high standard, there is a fee payable.

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