Is it mandatory?
No, you don't have to obtain pre-application advice from us. However, if an application is submitted which requires significant change where pre-application advice hasn't been sought or followed, then it's likely that decisions will be taken without further opportunity to amend schemes. This is likely to incur further costs to you through submitting additional applications.
What do I need to send?
Complete the pre-application advice form and send it together with the following documents:
- A location and site plan (giving post code where appropriate)
- Sketches of the proposal
- Photographs of the site and surroundings
- The appropriate fee (see pre application advice charges document)
- A brief summary of the proposals
- A list of any key issues for which you require a specific response
Who can I contact for further information?
We aim to provide an excellent service to our customers, and if you have any feedback on either our pre-application guidance notes or any good or bad experiences of the pre-application process, you can send your comments by e-mail as follows:
If I pay for the advice will it secure my planning permission?
No. All advice is given without prejudice to the outcome of any subsequent application. Your application will be subject to consultation with interested parties and, dependent on the views expressed, this may affect the outcome of your application. Notwithstanding the above, our approach will always be proactive and positive and should be consistent with any subsequent advice you may be given by officers.
What can I expect for my money?
As a minimum we will:
- Acknowledge receipt by letter or email within 3-5 working days and notify you of the allocated case officer. If further information is required, it will be requested subsequently
- Respond within 28 working days from the date of receipt, unless a longer time period is agreed with you based on the complexity of the proposal. If further action is required we will advise you at this stage
- This response will identify the relevant planning policy context, constraints of the site, and offer an informal opinion on the likely success of an application. It will identify external consultees who are likely to have an interest in the proposal, and provide advice on the information required to validate the application.
Will there be a meeting?
Please refer to our charging schedule.
Proposals for large or major schemes will often require a series of meetings or pre-application discussions. We also offer a bespoke pre-application advice service which can be tailored to meet your specific requirements. The charges for this service will be based on the flat rate fee together with additional charges made on an hourly rate basis agreed with you in advance. This should be discussed and an approach agreed during the initial pre-application meeting.
Will I get specialist advice on specific technical issues?
We have a range of technical specialists in the following areas:
- highways and access
- green travel plans
- cycling provision
- rights of way
- conservation and design
- public protection
Your appointed lead officer will co-ordinate the input of these specialisms, dependent on the scale and nature of the development proposed. They will be invited to attend meetings as considered necessary by the lead planning officer.
Are there any exemptions?
We won't charge for pre-application advice for the following:
- Works to a listed building and for conservation area consent (where there is no requirement for planning permission)
- Works to trees in conservation areas
- Works to protected trees
- Single plot exception sites for affordable housing
How can I get an input from the community?
We'll ask for feedback from the local Shropshire councillor or parish council unless you state otherwise on your pre-application form. This is particularly important for pre-application discussions for major and/or significant proposals, although this won't be a mandatory requirement for customers given that some schemes will be subject to confidentially agreements. It will also be for individual members and/or town/parish council representatives to decide if they wish to be involved in such discussions. Officers will also provide customers with advice on best practice on the requirements for community consultations.