Pre-application discussions are a discretionary service but we encourage applicants to talk over their proposals with us as early as possible. We  have historically liaised with applicants on an informal and ad hoc level but after seeking feedback from customers, agents and developers over the last few months,we have developed a bespoke and unique service based on your requirements.

The service has been formulated around your wishes that it should be simple to understand and you indicated that you would be willing to pay for a service that would advise you on your development proposals and guide you through the planning process. Any charges should be transparent and proportional to the planning application fee/ scale of development.

You will choose the level of service though the case officer will advise if they think another level will be beneficial. You will be able to meet a planning officer on site, if appropriate and have access to other experts e.g. Highway engineers, depending on the level of service you request. You will have a single point of contact for the whole process and will be provided with a formal written report detailing the officers views, suggestions to improve the scheme and guidance on proceeding with the application.

The documents below tell more about the new service, the charges and how to apply.