If you are thinking about applying for planning permission, we offer a pre-application advice service.

Please note, changes to pre-application enquiry charges came into place from 1 July 2015 to include household enquiries.

Pre-application enquiry form (88KB) 

Download our pre-application advice guide (pdf 308KB)

We also offer a pre-application advice service especially for new business ideas.

Find out more about the 'Open for Business' Protocol here (pdf 261KB)

Please note, our pre-application advice guide provides advice for all types of pre-application. 

Confidentiality and Freedom of Information

Although we do not normally publicise the details of pre-application discussions, we may be requested by a third party to disclose this information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) or Environmental Information Regulations (EIR).  

If we receive a request, 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. It should be noted that personal contact details are protected under the Data Protection Act. 

We would therefore encourage applicants to complete a Commercially Sensitive/Confidential Material form (pdf 29KB) at the outset, to bring our attention to any information that you consider may, if disclosed into the public domain, prejudice your commercial interests, breach confidentiality or otherwise cause demonstrable harm to you/your business. You should also set out the reasons why (including what harm disclosure would cause) and for what period you consider the information falls into these categories.

Please note that whilst we will take account of these views, the decision as to whether the information should be withheld rests with our Freedom of Information Officer.