Our pre-application service is a scheme aimed at giving applicants, architects and developers clear advice about whether the Council would be likely to support a proposal. It is important to note that this service is for the provision of advice - it is not an approval service and all advice is given without prejudice to any decision the Council may make on any subsequent application. Please read ourfor more information.
From June 2020, if following a pre-app enquiry, a subsequent planning application is made on the site, then, in most circumstances, the pre-application submission together with any response made by the Council will be made available for public inspection. Please see the our Pre-application policy for more details.
Open and constructive pre-application discussions are an opportunity for the Council and applicants to work together to achieve developments that deliver benefits to the individual, community, environment and the economy. This can save time and costs and optimise the potential of a site.
Benefits of pre-application enquiries and discussions include:
Applicants and developers are encouraged to engage with the local community before submitting their applications. Please see Section 7 of ourfor further details.
All requests must be submitted to us using the link above and the following information will be required when submitting your pre-application enquiry. This ensures that you give us all the information we need.
A summary of any community consultation that has been carried out
Depending on the complexity of the proposal, you may need to provide additional details. However, the more information you can give us initially, the more detailed and comprehensive the response from officers can be.
Please read ourfor more detailed information on the pre-application process.
If you are applying to develop 2 or more wind turbines and/or any turbine with a hub height in excess of 15 metres, there are different requirements.
The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure and Section 62A Applications) (England) (Amendment) Order 2013 ("2013 Order") came into force on 17 December 2013.
The requirements introduced by the 2013 Order are set out under Section 61W of the 1990 Act. Section 61W specifies that applicants must:
Please read the Wind Turbine and Solar PV Development Guidance Document.